Copper: Worth Its Weight In Gold
It's hard to believe but the record prices for copper could be the reason you've been held up on a train, all because someone's thought they could make a bit of easy cash by stealing a few metres of signalling cable.
The cable contains copper.
And it's not just here in the UK - copper is in high demand around the world.
The metal has just reached around US$10,000 a tonne for the first time and is still rising. And it's all down to the Chinese. In 2010, the country accounted for about one-third of total global demand. And their consumption continues to increase. So global markets are linked to small-time thieves or even organised gangs in this country.
But how does the theft of copper affect you?
If you've been delayed on a train because of 'cable theft on the line' and you've missed an important appointment or meeting, or been seriously inconvenienced, we want to speak to you..
We're planning a day looking at the issue of copper theft and how it affects some of our day-to-day activities - catching a train, making a call or receiving a regular electricity supply.
If you've been affected - email me. Or feel free to tell us your story here on the blog.
Sarah Sturdey is 5Live's East Midlands reporter.