Wire thief, 50, jailed after stealing more than £3,600 worth of BT cables
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A man has been jailed after stealing a large amount of telecommunications cables in Cambridgeshire.
Donald Green was caught red handed with more than £3,700 worth of BT cables following an incident near Newmarket on October 27.
The 50-year-old parked his white Ford Transit on a grass verge along the A11 at around 10pm before he was spotted by a Suffolk police officer.
They followed Green before pulling him over on the A1304. He was found to be disqualified from driving and had false number plates on.
A search of the area where the van had originally been parked revealed more than £3,600 worth of BT cables hidden behind a hedge, with more found in the back of Green's van.
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Green, of Essex, was jailed for 19 months at Cambridge Crown Court on November 26 after pleading guilty to theft, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
DC Tom Adams said: "Green was caught red-handed stealing thousands of pounds worth of telecommunications cable, which can cause misery for small villages.
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"His sentence reflects how seriously the courts take offending of this nature."