Warning as thieves target copper on railway

Thieves who are stealing copper from railway signals are putting their lives at risk, the British Transport Police (BTP) have warned.

The BTP said thieves were pulling out the power cable to take the copper.

Several services in the Bristol area have been delayed in the past few months because of signals which have been disrupted.

Spokesman Glyn Hellam said: "It's extremely dangerous for those carrying out the thefts."

Fast trains

He added the thieves were taking the copper to "make a fast buck" because the price of copper had gone up.

Mr Hellam added that despite the chance to make money, the practice was putting their lives in danger.

"Clearly the railway is a dangerous place with trains travelling in excess of 120mph," he said.

"Anyone who shouldn't be at the side of the railway is clearly putting themselves in a lot of danger."

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