Water Orton rail metal thefts: police seek ‘boy racer’ car


Metal thieves have struck twice in a week on railway lines near to Castle Vale. Last Saturday (28th April), thieves snatched  40 metres of signalling cable  from railway lines in the Park Hill Wood area between Water Orton and Castle Bromwich.
Five days later (Thursday 3rd May), thieves stole 70 metres of cable from Marsh Lane in Water Orton.
Both thefts caused severe disruption and delays to train services in Birmingham.
Officers from British Transport Police are asking for the owners of a metallic silver Renault Clio with black bumpers and tinted windows seen in the area at the time to come forward.
Detective Inspector John Pyke who is leading the BTP enquiry says: “The Clio badge on the back may also have been removed and there’s no black stripe along the side of the vehicle, indicating it may have been colour-coded or removed.
“The vehicle’s suspension may also have been lowered, in they style favoured by so-called boy racers. It is described as being in really clean, pristine condition suggesting that whoever owns the Clio takes real pride in the vehicle.
“I would appeal to anyone who recognises the description of this car, or who knows its owner, to come forward and contact British Transport. Or if you are the owner, please come forward as we need to eliminate this car from our enquiry.”

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident reference B6/WWA of 03/05/2012. Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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