POLICE have launched an investigation after £500,000 worth of damage was done to railway lines, causing trains to be delayed or cancelled.
Detectives have said they believe the lines are being targeted late at night, with the thieves having visited during daylight hours to plan the theft.
The half a million pound trail of destruction affected Church Lane, Solihull, on November 16, Four Ashes Road, Dorridge on November 25, Dark Lane, Hatton on November 29 and Darley Green Road, near Dorridge on November 15.
DC Tim Friend said: “These thefts caused significant disruption to passengers and the rail industry.
“These attacks are not just attacks on the railway – they have a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of thousands of passengers whose trains are delayed or cancelled, leading to people missing vital appointments, being late for work or missing connecting trains or flights when travelling further afield.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number B12/WWA. 29/11/2012.