British Transport Police recovered one-tonne of cabling from a yard in south Essex as part of a day of action across six counties, last Friday.Hurrah!
In total officers visited more than 40 scrap dealers and searched their premises as part of the crackdown, codenamed Operation Ablett.
They were searching for cabling, wire and metal thought to have been stolen and also checking dealers’ records to make sure checks take place on metal they buy to ensure it is not stolen.
Supt Paul Brogden, who headed the operation, said: “Cable theft is one of the biggest issues facing the rail industry today.It does indeed.
“Each year the actions of cable thieves cost train operating companies, Network Rail, public utilities companies and local communities millions of pounds in repairs and lost business.”
“Some of this cable carries extremely high voltage and we have seen a number of cases in which thieves have been seriously injured, suffering extensive burns, after cutting through live cable.”Something I’m quite in favour of, actually. Because I was reading this ‘Echo’ story on Thursday morning while I waited for my train.
My train, that was delayed and then cancelled by…you guessed it:
All c2c train services are suffering from severe delays and cancellations after cable thieves stole and caused damage to overhead lines.*sigh*
Not even the comfort of hearing ‘This train has been delayed while the coroner removes the remains of the attempted thieving scum from the lines with a shovel’ over the tannoy either….