Scunthorpe trio sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court for conspiracy to steal cable
Three Scunthorpe men were sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court over conspiracy to steal cable from the railway.
Shaun Brian Kirk, 23, of Sheffield Street, Scunthorpe, and Robert Lance Arrand, 25, of Laceby Road, were both sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for conspiracy to steal cable, while Michael Gill, 19, also of Laceby Road, was given six months in a youth offenders' institution, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 200 hours' unpaid community work.
Last July, British Transport Police received reports of a signal failure on a line near Hibaldstow and discovered a cable had been cut.
Following searches undertaken at the homes of Gill and Arrand, burnt cable was found in a yard and a number of receipts from scrap metal dealers were discovered.
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Further investigations linked the receipts to Kirk, together with a vehicle that had been used to transport the stolen metal.
Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “The theft of cables from the rail network costs us all millions of pounds every year through missed appointments and delayed freight deliveries. This is unacceptable. We are protecting our network better than ever - using security patrols, CCTV and forensic marking."
Detective Constable Bob Hunt, who led the transport police investigation, said they worked closely with scrap metal dealers throughout the area and conducted regular checks on people bringing in cable.
"On this occasion our links with the dealers helped us to gather evidence to show that the group conspired to steal cable, he added.