British Transport Police seek information following attempted theft near Old Bentinck Colliery

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British Transport Police are appealing to local residents in Kirkby to contact them with any information they may have in relation to a recent attempted cable theft near to Old Bentinck Colliery.

Two males, aged 15 and 33, both from the Selston area of Nottingham were arrested at the scene of the crime, which took place on Thursday, 29th March 2012 near the railway line close to Mill Lane in Kirby in Ashfield.

PC Andrew Cotton-Bailey, of British Transport Police’s dedicated cable team, Operation Leopard, said:

“The two men were questioned and have since been released on police bail. A large amount of railway cable had been cut and removed from the track close to Mill Lane.

“This area, near to Old Bentinck Colliery, is a popular dog walking area, and we have reason to believe that a number of people may have been walking their dogs in the area between 18.00 and 19.00hours when the crime took place.

He added: “We are really keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed two men pushing a brown shopping trolley or carrying a black holdall in the area, or anyone who may have any information that may help us with our enquiries into this theft.

“The theft of cable has a direct impact on the everyday lives of the travelling public; it really is an attack on the community. The act of stealing cable is also an extremely dangerous crime which is costly to the rail industry and to the thousands of passengers who rely on the rail network. Please help us to help you, if you have any information please contact British Transport Police”

Anyone with information about cable theft can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 516 of 29/03/2012, or anyone with information about cable theft should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.