Crackdown on railway copper thefts

<p>Westnet Rail has joined forces with the police to end the persistent thefts of vital railway safety equipment over the past 12 months.</p> <p>The Australian Railroad Group-owned company has been the victim of copper wire theft, especially in the Northam area.</p> <p>Recent arrests have resulted in two men being charged with stealing more than 450 kg of copper wire from a Westnet depot in Northam.</p> <p>The owner of a scrap metal yard was also charged with receiving stolen goods.</p> <p>"Stealing copper wire from the railway is a mindless act, as the wire carries communications information, vital to the safe operation of the railway," Westnet Rail general manager Tim Ryan said. </p> <br />