Cotswolds is cable theft 'hotspot', says Network Rail
Nearly 70% of cable thefts from railways in the west of England in the past year happened in the Cotswolds.
Network Rail said there were 33 incidents on the North Cotswold line, which runs through Moreton-in-Marsh.
The company said the thefts have cost the industry more than £300,000 and nearly 150 hours of delays on the railway.
Criminals may be targeting the area because there has been ongoing engineering work, the firm said.'Organised criminals'
It said it was spending almost £1m on new security measures, including night patrols, air surveillance and securing cables with steel bands.
The company wants scrap yards to be properly licensed and police to have the power to shut down yards which break the law.
Network Rail's Patrick Hallgate said: "Given the sophisticated technique used, we believe that this area has been targeted by organised criminals.
"We will continue to do all we can to stop these thieves but it is clear the law needs substantial change in order to take away the easy market for illegal scrap."