Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Ten arrested over £2m rail track thefts

Man inspecting rail track Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption More than 100 British Transport Police (BTP) officers raided 12 properties after an investigation into "an organised crime group"

Ten men have been arrested in a crackdown on a gang suspected of stealing rail track worth more than £2m.

More than 100 British Transport Police (BTP) officers raided 12 properties in South Yorkshire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Three of those held were scrap metal dealers, BTP said.

BTP seized a number of vehicles and found large amounts of cash and stolen scrap metal at two of the premises.

Det Ch Insp Glen Alderson, from BTP, said the arrests came following a six-month investigation into the theft of rail track by "an organised crime group" from 44 lineside locations and depots in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Birmingham.