Police seek key witness after attempted cable theft in Kirkby

OFFICERS from British Transport Police are trying to trace a man who may hold vital information about an attempted cable theft in Kirkby.

Police were called to the railway line near Pinxton level crossing at 3.30pm on 14th August after receiving reports of a signal failure.

When they arrived, they discovered that thieves had hacked through the signalling cable in two locations in an attempt to steal it.

Officers spoke to a man at the scene who had been walking his dog in the area and had witnessed two men, who have been described as well built, under the railway bridge acting suspiciously.

They left in a vehicle before police arrived. The man’s details were taken but officers have been unable to contact him.

DC Lee Parsons said: “Luckily no trains were delayed by this attempted theft, but the cable was damaged and had to be replaced.

“We believe the man police spoke to at the scene has key information and we would like to hear from him.

“We would also like to hear from anyone else who may have been in the area at the time of the incident and who may have any information.

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting 386 of 14/08/2012 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.