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Cable theft - Gartsherrie

The following Alert is being circulated on behalf of British Transport Police (BTP)

On 5th May 2022 at about 0545 hours, Network Rail became aware of an attempted cable theft from the Motherwell to Cumbernauld railway line in the Gartsherrie area. Maintenance personnel attended the locus to find Signalling cable had been deliberately cut in an attempt to remove it. 

British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing to anyone in the local community who may have witnessed anything suspicious i.e. vehicles parked close to the railway line in the Gartsherrie area that are not normally there. If you have any information no matter how insignificant, including dashcam footage of parked vehicles along Gartgill Road please contact BTP quoting reference number 2200043904.   

The railway infrastructure is a dangerous place; cutting live railway cables can kill people instantly and also puts maintenance personnel lives at risk. Cable theft is often referred to as a “Victimless Crime” but it costs thousands of pounds (tens of thousands in some cases) to repair and causes significant delays and cancellations to passenger and freight services. It also impacts the travelling public who are trying to get to and from work and hospital appointments which are a few common examples. Missing work and appointments also have a financial knock on effect to these businesses and the NHS when people don’t arrive on time.  

Every person working on the railway must wear mandatory Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). This includes orange high-viz top, trousers, white or blue safety hat, safety glasses, safety boots and gloves. 

The attached diagram is an example of how personnel must be dressed whilst “on or near the railway lines”. There will be some variations to the example i.e. lighter tops in summer months and occasionally blue safety hats to distinguish levels of experience on the tracks. There are also separate rules on mandatory clothing within railway depots which are managed separately.   

If persons are seen and not wearing this clothing it should be considered suspicious and reported immediately to BTP using one of the below options. Where possible a What3Words reference https://what3words.com/ would greatly reduce response times. 

 e-mail: first_contact@btp.police.uk             

Text: 61016

Non-Emergency Telephone: 0800 40 50 40


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Varrie McDevitt
(Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, NWS Co-ordinator, Scotland)

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