Six charged over alleged underground cable theft

13:54 17 December 2012

Underground cables were allegedly stolen. Picture: Met Police

Underground cables were allegedly stolen. Picture: Met Police


Police have charged six men in connection with a plot to steal thousands of pounds of underground cables.

Arrests were made after police raided a Dagenham scrapyard on Thursday morning.

Jamie Summerscales, 38, of Springfield Road, West Ham, and Simon Read, 39, of Station Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with conspiracy to steal.

They were bailed to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 21.

Tommy Taylor, 35, of Meadow Lane, Wickford, and John Harding, 51, of Meadow Road, Romford, have been charged with conspiracy to steal and been bailed to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on January 16.

Jamie Ratford, 32, of Dunedin House, Fernill Street, Woolwich and Ryan Wiley, 25, of Ravensbourne Place, Gidea Park, were also charged with conspiracy to steal.

They have also been bailed to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on January 16.

A 54-year-old man from Hertfordshire, a 58-year-old man from Essex, and a 42-year-old woman from Essex, have been bailed to March 20 pending further inquiries.

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