Birmingham & Black Country

Willenhall arson attacks cause damage and disruption to rail

Three arson attacks in an area of the West Midlands have caused damage and disruption to the rail network.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the fires, which all took hold close to the railway in Noose Lane, Willenhall, are being treated as deliberate.

The first fire was started in a manhole on 4 April, causing damage to cabling and delays to services. A further two fires were started on 16 April.

A £10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to a conviction.

Det Sgt Graham Moss, from BTP, said: "These were extremely serious incidents and every effort will be made to find those responsible and bring them to justice."

Network Rail, which is putting up the reward money, said the fires had caused "significant damage".

General manager Jane Richardson said: "We want to prevent any further incidents and that is why we are offering a substantial reward."

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