A THURNSCOE man has been sentenced for his connection to a gang that admitted to more than 35 cable thefts that cost Network Rail over £1 million.

Jaime Beardmore, 23, of Brunswick Street, was sentenced alongside six others (five from the same family) who formed a gang to carry out the thefts in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and Leicestershire between February 2013 and December 2013.

Detective Inspector Mick Dawes said: “The gang targeted areas of the rail network which were remote and difficult to access without knowledge.

“They travelled the country in what was a well-planned and organised operation.”

Beardmore had conspiracy charges against him dropped to just one count of theft and received a 12 month sentence suspended for two years.

He must also complete 100 hours community service and he is subject to a 12 month supervision order.

The other men, from Doncaster and Lincolnshire, received jail sentences totalling 12 years.