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Copper gang put trains in danger 

An organised gang operating on the Spanish mainland planned a series of copper thefts and put the lives of train passengers at risk, the National Police have reported.

Fourteen men have so far been arrested, ten Romanian and four Dominicans, for their involvement in the operation which was planned to the last detail. Police say their net gain was approaching 500,000 euros.

The gang was divided into two distinct groups. One stole the copper, predominantly from railway lines. They homed in on devices which would alert the train to any fallen objects on the line and once dismantled, they failed to work and could have led to a fatal accident.

The other part of the gang ran two scrapyards and knew that copper brought in had been stolen and was therefore illegal. However, they would take a share of the profits.

The operation was based in Segovia and Hospitalet de Llobregat and those involved included lookouts.