Thursday 6 Feb 2003

PRISON SENTENCES FOR RAIL THIEVES

Route:
South East
Anglia
Two thieves from Harlow have been prosecuted for attempting to steal £40,000 worth of equipment from a railway depot in Broxbourne. The depot, run by AMEC, Network Rail’s maintenance contractor, was broken into in April 2002.  The thieves were in the process of loading their van with expensive spotlights used for signalling, when the signalman at Broxbourne box, spotted them and alerted the police. The thieves were later prosecuted at St. Albans crown court and were sentenced, in total, to 27 months in prison. Sgt Alan Bardsley, British Transport Police said: “We commend Network Rail’s signalman for his quick thinking actions which led to the recovery of £40,000 of AMEC’s equipment and two prosecutions.”

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