Rail coppers chase copper robbers

13 July 2007

It is reported that Britain's railway network is being pillaged by metal thieves as part of an international multi-million network to meet the high demand for copper and other metal in India and China.

In north-east England, 979 cases have apparently been reported since April last year. The Transport Police have launched Operation Drum to combat cable theft and are working with the railway network to ensure that copper is not left unguarded.

Andy Trotter, deputy chief constable of the British Transport police, told the media recently, ‘The copper is going through larger scrap yards, then to smelters and then by ship to China, which has an incredible demand for copper, particularly with the Beijing Olympics coming and the demand for telecom infrastructure.’ 

Hartlepool is reported to be a known metal theft hotspot.

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