Men charged over £70,000 payphones theft in Manchester

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Image caption The thefts took place at payphones in Manchester

Two men have been charged after the theft of more than £70,000 from payphones in Manchester, police said.

The spate of thefts from BT payphones started in April 2015, said Greater Manchester Police.

Alan Portwood, 37, of Carrfield Avenue, Salford and 38-year-old Paul Knowles, of Broomfield Road, Stockport were held following police searches on 9 April.

They were charged with conspiracy to defraud and have been bailed to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 6 May.