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CCTV images released following spate of cable thefts in Blyth area

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Officers investigating a number of cable thefts in the Blyth area of Northumberland are today releasing CCTV images of two men they believe may be able to help with their enquires.

In the last four weeks six cable crimes have been recorded on the railway line within the A189 and Cambois areas. We’ve launched an investigation and have increased patrols in the area.

On each occasion railway power and signalling cable has been cut in an attempt to steal it. The costs to replace the damaged cable so far has been estimated at over £25,000.

CCTV cameras installed in the area captured two men at around 1am on 10 October in the area. We believe these men may be able to help our enquiries. If you recognise them please contact us.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nigel Ashworth said: “Cable theft has a huge impact on the railway network and often leads to lengthy and disruptive journeys to passengers nationwide. Not to mention the significant financial impact of having to replace stolen or damaged cable.

“Stealing cable is not a victimless crime and we have a number active lines of enquiry in place to trace the persons responsible.

“I am very keen to hear from anyone who recognises the two men in the CCTV images we have released. Likewise, if you’ve seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area in the last month please contact us. Your information could prove vital.”

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 26 of 10/10/17. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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