AN ACOCKS Green man has been fined for possessing stolen copper cable, belonging to Network Rail.
John Miles, 25, of Tynedale Road, and his accomplice Owen Forsyth, 29, of Tryan Road, Nuneaton, admitted the Proceeds of Crime Act offence, between August 10 and September 1 last year.
Prosecutor James Francis told Nuneaton magistrates last Tuesday (April 26) that lengths of copper cable were removed from a stretch of train track between Ashby Junction and Caldecote.
The metal was taken to a scrap dealer’s in Coventry and weighed-in over six days, the procedure recorded on CCTV. The total paid out was £675.10.
Mr Francis added: “It was redundant copper - but it was close to the line - and it required people to go close to the line to take it.”
The offence was committed while Miles was on a 12-month community order. His co-accused was on a 12-week suspended sentence, imposed by Solihull magistrates after a community order, given to Forsyth for motoring offences, was revoked.
Solicitor John Weston, mitigating for Miles, said while his client knew the copper had been stolen he would not give police a name. “It is a question of preservation and not getting other people into trouble. As he said, ‘ask no questions, get told no lies.”
Miles and Forsyth were each told to pay £337 compensation to network rail, and £85 court costs.
Presiding magistrate Barry Medhurst told the pair: “We have given you credit for your guilty plea and we have taken into account your means. We are going to award compensation to Network Rail.”