A REWARD was offered today to catch thieves who brought mayhem to the rail network in Kirklees.
British Transport Police are appealing for information after cable was cut and stolen from the line near Jack Lane between Batley and Dewsbury on October 12.
About 30 yards of cable was stolen from the track side but the disruption caused meant that 14 trains were cancelled and 134 delayed, affecting hundreds of Huddersfield passengers.
A £1,000 reward has been put up by Crimestoppers and BTP officers are currently making enquiries into the incident.
Det Insp Mick Jackson, of BTP’s dedicated cable squad Operation Leopard, said: “Fourteen trains were cancelled, and 134 delayed or affected following this theft, which will cost the rail industry tens of thousands of pounds. Ironically though the thieves risking their lives will have only managed to get around £20 for the amount of cable they stole.
He added: “What thieves don’t realise is that they are working on live cable, carrying up to 25,000 volts, which can cause extensive burns. The act of stealing, or attempting to steal, cable is extremely dangerous”.