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'Underground noises' lead to Rowley Regis metal theft arrest

A previous West Midlands metal theft operation
Image caption Officers attend a previous West Midlands scrap yard operation

"Curious underground noises" heard by a telephone engineer led to the arrest of a suspected metal thief in the Black Country.

West Midlands officers said they were called when an engineer lifted a manhole cover and heard footsteps below, in Rowley Regis on Wednesday.

Police said they recovered torches, copper piping, cutting tools, winching equipment and batteries.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Officers called to the scene by the engineer said they saw a man climbing out of the hole in Habberley Road, covered in dirt.

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