Gang caged for cable theft

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A GANG whose spree of railway cable thefts cost the taxpayer almost £1m, were snared after trying to sell the stolen goods at recycling centres, including one in Ilkeston.

The five thieves from Heanor and Langley Mill were convicted of 67 separate offences carried out over 18 months and were handed sentences totalling 16 years and eight months at Nottingham Crown Court last Thursday.

The numerous thefts resulted in trains being delayed and at times even cancelled. Police said trains suffered a total of 322 hours delay due to the gang’s activities.

Chief superintendent Mark Smith of British Transport Police said: “The criminal behaviour of this gang resulted in countless problems for commuters.”