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MPs on the Transport Committee have urged the Government to act to prevent metal theft on the railways. Committee chair Louise Ellman said: “Cable theft on the railway must be tackled with more urgency. Last year over 35,000 journeys were delayed or cancelled due to this crime which also cost Network Rail more than £16m."
Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the Government needs to 'get serious' on the growing problem of metal theft. She added:"Thieves are creating havoc on our transport network, costing millions of pounds and creating dangerous situations for people on the roads. Wire theft is causing repeated power cuts, plunging communities regularly into darkness, and putting lives at risk.
"Yet despite this growing problem, the Home Secretary is being too slow and too sluggish. There is still no proper strategy to cut crime, or to deal with a problem which risks escalating out of control.
"The Goverment has already blocked Graham Jones' private members bill to tackle metal theft. Labour will be putting forward our tougher and more substantial proposals in Parliament next week, and we hope the Government will support our measures to get a grip on this issue."
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