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Train delay stolen cable replaced

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Media captionA First Capital Connect spokesman said repairs should be completed by Friday

A stolen cable, which led to rail disruption on the First Capital Connect line in Bedfordshire, has been replaced, Network Rail has said.

The cable had been stolen in Flitwick and caused delay to services out of St Pancras.

First Capital Connect said problems, which affected the Bedford and Luton line during the day, were likely to continue into the rush hour and beyond.

The Thameslink service had been "greatly reduced" during the day.

A replacement bus service has been calling at stations between Bedford and Luton.

Tickets are being accepted on First Capital Connect services to London Kings Cross and Moorgate.

A spokesperson from the British Transport Police said officers were investigating the damage which they believed had been "caused deliberately".

A statement read: "We will work closely with Network Rail and Bedfordshire Police in a bid to trace the offenders.

"Stealing or attempting to steal cable is extremely dangerous and anyone who has information about the incident is asked to come forward."

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