Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Forth Bridge cable vandals cause train chaos

Forth Bridge
Image caption The thefts are thought to be connected to the high price of copper

Police are hunting vandals who cut through a live cable on the Forth Bridge in an apparent attempt to steal its copper.

Trains on the East Coast line were severely disrupted for most of Tuesday after a 650-volt live signalling cable was severed at Inverkeithing in Fife.

British Transport Police said it was the latest in a series of metal thefts or attempted thefts on the rail network.

A total of 24 incidents have been reported in Scotland this year.

It is thought they are connected to the high price of copper.

Network Rail said the theft of a cable was an extremely dangerous crime and an attack on the whole community.

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