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Rail disruption in Hertfordshire after cable theft

Rush hour rail commuters travelling from Hertfordshire to London faced major disruption after cable was stolen from the line.

The overhead cable was taken from the line in Hertfordshire, hitting services into Liverpool Street Station.

The problem affected Hertford East, Ware, St Margarets, Rye House, Broxbourne, Cheshunt and Seven Sisters stations from about 06:40 GMT.

Greater Anglia railways said services were back to normal by about 08:00 GMT.

Rail staff reported the theft to British Transport Police (BTP), which appealed for information.

Det Insp Terry Pearce, of BTP's dedicated cable theft team, said: "There is a common assumption that cable theft is a victimless crime, with the only effects being felt by the railway industry. This is not the case.

"Theft of cable can, and does, cause significant delays and cancellations to the rail industry - as well as costing the industry millions of pounds each year.

"What thieves don't realise is that they're attempting to steal cable carrying up to 25,000 volts. Not only are they risking a court appearance, they're also risking their lives."

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