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Copper Theft for Chinese Olympics Derails British Trains

by | 28th, May 2007

copper_pipes.JPG WE’VE all heard the “leaves on the line” excuse for trains delays and cancellations, haven’t we?

Well, to be honest, I’ve never actually heard it myself, but apparently it is quite common.

Anyway, rail bosses can now, somewhat bizarrely, add “copper has been stolen” to its list of stock excuses as soaring global demand for the metal continues to fuel a huge growth in trackside theft.

Last year, over 240,000 minutes of delays for train passengers were caused by the theft of copper, with robberies at tracks and depots increasing by almost 500 per cent.

In the north-east, the problem is particularly widespread, with two-thirds of all rail delays down to copper theft.

Andy Trotter, deputy chief constable of the British Transport Police is understandably concerned by this metal madness. Says he: “It is a growing problem. You have only got to look at the rising copper price on the metal market and the theft of copper matches that

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