30 Mar '12, 5pm
Metro: Cable thief caught in the act
A Sunderland man has been banned from entering any railway station in England and Wales for the next three years after stealing essential railway equipment from Tyne and Wear Metro. Joseph Carolan (47) of Exeter Street in Pallion, Sunderland, was sentenced yesterday (Monday, 26 March) at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to theft from the railway. Covert cameras were activated in the early hours of Thursday, 9 February, after suspicious activity was reported on the Tyne and Wear Metro line near Pallion station. British Transport Police (BTP) officers were deployed to the area alongside Northumbria Police search dog teams. A police helicopter was also utilised and a search was carried out in the area. An abandoned car was found near to the scene and, when officers searched the vehicle, stolen bonding cable was found in the boot. Engineers from Network Rail...