This Message is Distributed on behalf of British Transport Police
On 23rd September 2021 at about 2 am Network Rail became aware of a fault in their signalling system in the Barrhead area. British Transport Police (BTP) officers and Network Rail personnel attended the locus to find another attempt to steal railway power cable from the tracks. You will have received previous alerts of this type in recent weeks and BTP is again appealing to the local community for information that will assist their enquiries. Recent incidents in the area include multiple circuit failures on the 28th July 2021 and 22nd August 2021 when 100 meters of live cable was cut and removed from the tracks.
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.
British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed something suspicious or have information no matter how insignificant to contact them quoting the most recent crime reference number 2100070941.
Any 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. 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.