Cable thief ordered to pay back £25k

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A cable thief, who was jailed for 18 months in May for stealing railway cable near Pontefract, has been ordered to pay back more than £25,000.

Ben Pearson, 23, of Hillcrest Road, Castleford was ordered to pay £17,275 compensation to Network Rail at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, and had £8,522 confiscated.

He will have 56 days to pay the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

PC Andy Jones, from British Transport Police, said: “This case sends out a clear message that sealing cable just doesn’t pay. Not only did Pearson lose his liberty but he has also been forced to pay back his ill gotten gains.”