Gunnersbury Cable Theft Stops Tubes In Their Tracks

District Line and overground suspended after thieves steal power cables

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British Transport Police are investigating the theft of power and communications cable from the railway near Gunnersbury Station at 4.30am today (Tuesday 22nd January).

The theft of the 400m of cable caused disruption to London Overground services between Richmond and Stratford. Because of its impact on the signalling system it also caused delays to the District Line between Turnham Green and Richmond.

BTP Detective Sergeant Peter Goodchild said, "Theft of cable is not a victimless crime and the incident this morning highlights the delay and inconvenience for passengers caused by this type of crime.

"BTP encourage scrap metal dealers to be particularly vigilant and if they are offered cable which they suspect may have been stolen from the railways to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40".

Anyone who has any information which may assist the investigation into this incident is urged to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40.

Passengers are advised to contact Transport for London (TfL) on 020 7222
1234 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or see for travel information.

January 22, 2008