CCTV appeal after Metro cable theft
5:28pm 13th June 2018
(Updated 5:35pm 13th June 2018)
Police investigating the theft of cable on the Metro line have released pictures of three men they would like to trace in connection with their enquiries.
The theft happened overnight on Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 in the Jarrow area.
As a result, there was a temporary service suspension between Hebburn and South Shields this morning (June 13), causing significant disruption for morning commuters.
Attempts are now ongoing to locate the offenders and police have identified three men they would like to speak with to assist with the investigation.
Sergeant Tim Hand, of Northumbria Police’s Metro Unit, said:
“We received a report of cable theft in the Jarrow area overnight which caused a great deal of disruption on the line this morning (Wednesday, June 13).
“We always take this type of incident very seriously and we are now urging the men pictured, or any member of the public who knows them, to come forward with any information to assist with the ongoing investigation.
“I would like to reiterate the dangers of interfering with live cables on the tracks. Offenders are handling live wires, which can cause serious burns or injuries.
“Such offences also cause a huge amount of disruption, with a temporary service suspension between Hebburn and South Shields this morning as a result of the overnight theft.
“We have increased patrols in the area and continue to work with our partners at Nexus to identify those involved.”
Anyone with information is asked to come forward and contact police on 101 quoting reference 195 13/06/18.