North East Wales

Train delays after cable theft near Shotton

Cable theft on a north Wales coast railway line led to train delays.

Thirty feet of cable was found to have been stolen near Shotton station at around 00:44 GMT on Thursday, which disrupted early morning services.

British Transport Police (BTP) said officers were patrolling in the area and visiting scrap metal dealers.

BTP said anyone with information is asked to contact 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 19 of 28/11/2013.

"Theft of cable not only causes significant disruption to the rail network but has serious financial implications for the industry," said a BTP spokesperson.

"The act of stealing railway cable is also incredibly dangerous, and anyone seeking to do so risks serious injury - or even death - through electrocution.

"When you consider that thieves are only likely to receive a minimal amount of cash for this stolen cable - that's if they are able to sell it on at all - it really isn't worth the risk."

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