THREE men suspected of stealing copper cable have been arrested during dawn raids in Castleford this morning (January 30).
British Transport Police swooped in on three houses and arrested the suspects – one aged 20 and two aged 22 – on suspicion of theft of railway cable.
All three men were taken to Pontefract police station for questioning while forensic officers searched the premises and surrounding areas.
Det Sgt Mick Dawes of the BTP, said: “These arrests form part of ongoing work we are undertaking with Network Rail and local police forces to tackle this crime – work which is having a great effect.
“The theft of cable has a direct impact on the everyday lives of the travelling public; it really is an attack on the community.
“The act of stealing cable is also an extremely dangerous crime which is costly to the rail industry and to the thousands of passengers who rely on the rail network.”
Network Rail, working in partnership with Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any cable thieves.
Anyone with information about cable theft can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.