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Gang face prison for theft attempt

PUBLISHED: 16:19 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010

FIVE men who were spotted trying to steal railway cable by a police helicopter are facing jail.  The gang targeted cables on the East London line, which is undergoing development.

FIVE men who were spotted trying to steal railway cable by a police helicopter are facing jail.

The gang targeted cables on the East London line, which is undergoing development.

Philip Kiernan, 20, Timothy Plummer, 35, Danny Butlin, also 35, and brothers Kirk, 21, and Louie Brown, 19, were seen acting suspiciously on track running between Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays.

The defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal on March 9 this year at a short hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

A member of the public called British Transport Police when they saw the gang on the tracks.

A helicopter was deployed to monitor the area and the five were subsequently arrested.

Judge Christopher Hardy adjourned the sentencing until September 24 for reports.

Kiernan, of Winchfield Road, Sydenham; Plummer, of Perry Vale, Forest Hill; Butlin, of Cumberland Place, Hither Green and the Brown brothers of Green Lanes, Penge, were all granted bail.


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