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Manchester thief ordered to pay compensation for damage

A metal thief who attempted to steal Manchester Metrolink cables has been ordered to pay GBP35,000 for the chaos he caused to the tram network. The thief was jailed for two years and nine months after Manchester Crown Court was told the damage led to a total suspension of part of the tram network. Now he has been ordered by a court to pay back Metrolink for the disruption he caused as lawyers for the Metrolink have obtained a County Court Judgment that orders him to pay them back.

It is the first time in the 20-year history of Metrolink that bosses at the network have taken the pioneering step of trying to claim damages from a metal thief. They say it was the worst case of vandalism ever seen on the tram network as he cut through fibre-optic cables to get at the metal thus severing the communications system prevented making any public announcements to customers waiting for the trams.

24 March 2013

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