UPDATE: Stolen copper reels and batteries from Mid Norfolk Railway station recovered by police

11:19 02 May 2014

Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham Station.

Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham Station.

Stolen copper cable reels and batteries taken from the Mid Norfolk Railway’s Dereham Station on Wednesday have been recovered by police on the back of a stolen pick-up which was abandoned nearby.

Police say they believe a white Isuzu pick-up, that was found still containing the stolen metal, had been stolen earlier that morning.

Police have launched an investigation into the theft which included £20,000 worth of copper cable reels along with a significant number of locomotive and carriage lead acid batteries.

A spokesman for the MNR said: “Thankfully the stolen property has been recovered but not without the risk of damage during the theft and loose transportation on the back of a lorry. No damage was sustained to the station building or rolling stock.”

Volunteers had discovered the break-in at Dereham Station’s east yard on Wednesday morning finding the gate lock torn away, the battery shop’s door wide open and locks torn off three storage containers.

* Anyone who has noticed any strange activity near the station or who has any information about the crime, should contact Norfolk Police on 101, email or call 01362 851723.

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