Detectives conducting an inquiry into the theft of metal cable from the railway have unveiled two CCTV images linked to the incident.

At approximately 2:45 pm on Tuesday, 17th October, two individuals gained entry to the railway tracks in the Ferry Fryston area of Castleford and extracted approximately 20 meters of metal cable.

As a consequence of this theft and trespassing, there was a disruption in rail network power between Castleford and Milford Junction in West Yorkshire, resulting in a complete signal failure.

Detectives are of the opinion that the two individuals depicted in the released images may possess information vital to their investigation.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Lucy Broadbent, said; “Cable theft is against the law and can have a major impact on the wider rail network and is also extremely dangerous. Not only does it involve illegal trespassing on the rail network, but trains travel at high speed and often quietly, which mean you will have little time to react and move to safety. It is also important to note that some parts of the rail network are electrified which adds even further danger. Trespassing on the rail network can result in life-changing injuries or even death.”

If you can identify the individuals or have any pertinent information, please get in touch with BTP by sending a text to 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 2300123015.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.