Father and son sentenced for stealing over £8,000 worth of railway cable
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A father and son who stole £8,682 worth of railway cable have been sentenced, following a British Transport Police (BTP) investigation.
James Matthew Fisher, 30, and of Woodside, Newport, was jailed for three months and Alan Fisher, 64, and of Woodside, Newport, was handed a 16-week suspended sentence at Newport Magistrates' Court on Friday 4 June.
On 28 February 2020, two Gwent traffic police officers were alerted to a suspicious vehicle travelling westbound along the M4 while on patrol.
They stopped the vehicle, which was owned by James Fisher, with his father, Alan Fisher, as a passenger. They were both wearing high visibility jackets and upon searching the vehicle, officers discovered several reels of copper cable. The pair were arrested on suspicion of theft at the scene.
Network Rail were later able to identify the cable as railway cable which had been stolen from a depot in Oxford.
BTP Investigating Officer, Lauren Anderson, said: “This was a determined theft which could’ve cost the railway over £8,000 in loss.
“These sentences demonstrate just how seriously the courts take such incidents of theft, and we hope this will give the individuals involved time to reflect on their actions and stop them from committing similar offences in the future.
“We are committed to tackling all forms of theft and work closely with Network Rail and other industry partners to make the railway a difficult place for these criminals to operate.”
If you spot any suspicious activity on the railway, please report it to BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.