'Metal thieves' blamed for Kidderminster train cancellations

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Trains between Kidderminster and Worcester were cancelled today because of a signalling problem caused by suspected metal thieves.

Network Rail said it was alerted to a problem with signalling at Hartlebury at 04:00 BST.

London Midland Trains said more than a dozen services had been cancelled due to the incident.

Replacement bus services were provided for commuters as engineers worked to fix the problem.

'Suspect vandalism'

A Network Rail spokesman said it was thought metal thieves were responsible but he could not be certain.

"We have found the damaged equipment and the police and our engineers are on site," he said.

"We suspect it's an act of vandalism. It looks like someone has deliberately damaged the signal cable.

"Whether that's with the intent to steal it, we don't know. It does not look like anything was stolen but, generally speaking, if someone tries to cut the cable, it's to steal it."

A London Midland spokeswoman said all trains on the Kidderminster and Worcester line were affected.

By early evening all train services had been resumed.

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