Cable thieves hit rail services

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Rail services were disrupted yesterday because of signalling problems caused by the attempted theft of cable in the latest of a series of incidents to hit the industry.

Trains were affected through Tamworth in the Midlands, with journey times taking longer than usual and some diversions being put in place.

A British Transport Police spokesman said officers had been called to the line at Watery Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire, and discovered about 40 metres of tele- coms cable had been cut, but not stolen. “The damage resulted in trains being diverted, causing delays and inconvenience to passengers and rail staff this morning,” the spokesman added.

Officers are appealing for information.