Seven men jailed for high value cable theft
13 Feb 2015 12:26 PM[View Full Size]
Seven men have been sentenced to more than ten years.
The men were charged last year after the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) launched Operation Scott - an investigation in response to the organised thefts of high value cables.
Cable with an estimated value of more than £140,000 was stolen and significant disruption caused to an organised criminal group from Merseyside who conspired to steal cable from the North East.
One man was charged with theft, the others were charged with conspiracy to steal and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced today.
James Price, 30, of Broad Oak Road, St Helens was charged with theft and sentenced to 12 months plus two months for breach of a suspended sentence.
David Price, 25, of Broad Oak Road, St Helens was sentenced to 32 months plus two months for breach of suspended sentence.
Trevor Smith, 37, of Riverdale, Frodsham, Cheshire was sentenced to two years.
Michael Chadwick, 26, of Gloucester Street, St Helens was sentenced to 16 months.
Christopher Lee, 22, of Gloucester Street, St Helens was sentenced to 20 months.
Daniel Chadwick, 21, of Gloucester Street, St Helens was sentenced to 20 months.
Lee Sheeran, 29, of HMP Durham, was sentenced to two years.
The NERSOU sees specialist staff from the region's three forces - Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland - work together to protect communities from organised crime.
Detective Superintendent Tim Walker, Head of NERSOU, said: "These were professional crimes carried out by a gang prepared to engage time, effort and expenditure to travel far and wide. They came to the North East for no other reason than to commit serious offences.
"NERSOU officers conducted a meticulous investigation that led to today's convictions and yet again we have demonstrated our commitment to hunt down travelling criminals who commit crime in the Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria force areas."
A spokesperson from Openreach part of the BT group said: "These attacks and theft of cable impacted on our engineers being able to deliver customer planned work and was a significant financial loss to the business.
"The support and help from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit who worked across several police force boundaries has been vital in making sure the scale of these thefts across the country were brought together in one operation, bringing these individuals to justice and securing a prosecution".