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A crackdown on metal theft in York


5:15pm 16th January 2012

A crackdown on metal theft in York.

Police have arrested three men in the city and are issuing a warning about trespassing on railway lines.

The arrests of the men, aged 21, 22 and 23, followed a report of suspicious activity on railway property near St Paul's Mews at 10.45pm on Sunday 15th January 2012, when a group of men appeared to be stealing cable.

All three were arrested on suspicion of trespassing on railway property as they are each currently subject to conditions not to enter any Network Rail property except when travelling on a train and only with a valid ticket to travel.

Following the arrests a quantity of copper cable was recovered in area.

The men have now been released on bail to allow for further enquiries.

Sgt Ian Sirrell, of York West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

"Trespassing on railway lines is an extremely reckless act. Anyone doing this is risking extremely serious injuries and even death.

"As well as working with partner agencies to tackle the problem of metal theft, officers from North Yorkshire Police make regular visits to scrap metal dealers to both deter people from buying metal they suspect may have been stolen and to educate them how to spot stolen metal.

"Anyone with information about people committing this type of theft should contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away."

To report anyone committing the theft of metal should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 1. Or pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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