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By Gary Smee 31/05 Updated: 31/05 12:29
ELEVEN men have been arrested in connection with the theft of railway cable on the Cotswold line.
The men have been remanded in custody after they were charged with conspiracy to steal the power cable on the line between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh.
Officers from British Transport Police executed search warrants at five addresses in Birmingham last Thursday (May 24) and seven men, originally from Romania, were arrested.
The previous day four other Romanian men were detained after a suspicious vehicle was stopped by officers from Warwickshire Police near to the railway line in Church Lawford.
The move was part of Operation Distillery, an ongoing major investigation into the theft of railway cable in the Evesham area between November last year and this month.
All of the arrested, who are aged between 19 and 36, appeared before magistrates in Birmingham last Friday (May 25) and were all charged with conspiracy to steal railway power cable.
The arrested men are:
Stefanel Ruset - aged 19
Alexandru Tofaleanu - aged 29
Costinel Mijloc - aged 29
Mihai Mihart - aged 25
Jan Trofin - aged 36
Chris Toader - aged 24
Florin Cojocararu - aged 25
Adrian Nae - aged 25
Mihai Binta - aged 27
Gabriel Mijloc - aged 29
Adrian Volnescu - aged 28
All eleven are set to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on today (Friday).
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