Police raid metal cable theft suspect


British Transport Police say the theft of copper cables from railways, electricity and gas networks has doubled since this time last year.

The price of copper has soared to £6,200 a tonne due to an increase in demand, primarily from China.

Recently more than 100 trains were affected as the London to Edinburgh East Coast Main Line was delayed when thieves stole just £44 worth of cabling.

Sergeant Phil Bentley from British Transport Police took BBC Radio 5 live's Sarah Sturdey to a raid on one suspected thief in Rotherham.

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