carry the can for rail thieves
Two unemployed Black Country men were "following in the footstep
of others" when they stole lengths of scrap railway line Stourbridge
Andrew John Buckingham, 30, and Jason Terence Attwood, 20, admitted
stealing the pieces of track from Stourbridge Junction.
Buckingham, of Coppice Avenue, Wollescote, also agreed he had failed
to produce his driving I licence, insurance and test certificates
when he was asked to do so in Junction Road.
Both were fined £100 and ordered to pay £15 costs and
Buckingham was given a 12 month conditional discharge for the driving
Nicholas Roy, prosecuting, told magistrates a mobile police patrol
spotted Attwood of Byron House Colley Gate, and Buckingham with
another man at the station in the early hours of September 27.
"Attwood and a man who has never been identified ran off but
he and Buckingham were detained.
"They were questioned about the lengths of rail found in the
back of Buckingham's orange Mazda pick-up truck and they fully admitted
Mr. John Sanders, defending, said: "The heap of cut up lengths
of old rail had gone down like a pile of leaves dissipated by the
These men were the last participants who took away pieces of rail
and they were the only ones who got caught. They were following
in the footsteps of others.