Two men have been jailed after admitting cutting and removing signalling cable on the railway line at Jersey Marine near Swansea.
Brendan Ceri Buckley, 28, and Neil Donald Payne, 29, were jailed for a total of 28 months. They both pleaded guilty and Buckley was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment whilst Payne was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
On 18 July British Transport Police witnessed Buckley and Payne lift up a troughing lid containing copper cable before cutting the cable.
The men then took off on their moped with the copper cable trailing behind them. The officers chased the pair who escaped, but were then later arrested.
British Transport Police continue to work closely with National Rail. It is reported by National Rail that cable thiefs in South Wales alone cost the rail industry £2m and caused almost 50,000 minutes worth of delays.
Detective Inspector Mark Cleland is heading British Transport Police attack on cable thieves in Wales said:
“Theft of crime can, and does, cause significant delays and cancellations to the rail industry – as well as costing the industry millions of pounds each year.”
Responding to the sentence National Rail’s general area manager for Wales said: “We are not letting cable thieves get away easily.”
“The theft of cable is a constant drain on our resources and cause of considerable disruption to rail users”