The British Transport Police (BTP) has said it is clamping down on railway cable theft, and is offering a £1,000 reward in relation to the theft of six drums of cable from a Horsham rail depot earlier this month.
The reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Horsham theft. “BTP is devoting considerable resources to combating [cable theft],” said BTP detective constable Vanessa Cottington. “The courts are handing out heavy sentences to thieves.
“We are arresting more people than ever before. So far we have had over 700 people arrested around the country for cable-related offences. We also conduct regular visits to scrap metal dealers to check any cable which may have been sold by the thieves for profit.”
Network Rail managing director of network operations Robin Gisby said cable thieves must be given “tougher sentences” and the police must be given “the powers they need to shut down … rogue scrap dealers”. The independent charity Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any cable thieves.