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Appeal after attempted theft of rail cable - Worksop



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We are appealing for information after criminals attempted to steal cable from the railway line in the Worksop area last weekend, affecting trains and delaying passengers in the area.
Cable was cut on two consecutive nights in locations near to Shireoaks station, an area that was targeted by cable thieves a few years ago.
At 10.15pm on Friday, 2 June, cable was cut near to Shireoaks Junction which affected trains on the Worksop to Sheffield and Worksop to Nottingham lines.
On the previous night, just before 12pm, rail workers disturbed a group of men on a foot crossing near the station. The men fled but left trailers, bikes and cut cable at the scene. 
Police Constable Gavin Buck said, “We have launched an investigation being run by a dedicated team of officers. We are also in the process of forensically examining items left by the would-be thieves at the scene. 
“We are doing all we can to find those responsible, but I would like to urge members of the public to be vigilant and report any information, including suspicious people or vehicles near the railway, which may help us stop such crimes taking place and catch those responsible.
“The railway is also an extremely dangerous environment and anyone who risks their lives - while disrupting those of others - by carrying out this sort of crime needs to be found. " 
He added “Cable theft is not a victimless crime – far from it. Train delays and cancellations directly affect people getting to work, visiting family and travelling to hospital appointments.” 
Anyone with information can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text us on 61016 quoting reference 696 of 3/6. Alternatively, details can also be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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