TRAINS were delayed after cable thieves struck near Outwood Station.
And British Transport Police (BTP) have appealed for witnesses after 120 metres of signalling cable was cut last night at 9.30pm.
A BTP spokesman said: “There is a common assumption that cable theft is a victimless crime, with the only effects being felt by the railway industry. This is not the case.
“Theft of crime cable can, and does, cause significant delays and cancellations to the rail industry – as well as costing the industry millions of pounds each year.
“What thieves don’t realise is that they’re attempting to steal cable, sometimes live, carrying up to 25,000 volts. Not only are they risking a court appearance, they’re also risking their lives.”
Anyone with information should call BTP on 0800 405040 quoting reference 470 of 26/02/2012 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.