West Yorkshire: Police plea after spate of thefts at isolated rail station

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British Transport Police is appealing for the public’s help after a spate of thefts from cars parked at an isolated rail station in West Yorkshire.

Police say there have been 17 incidents of cars being broken into and property stolen at Monkhill rail station in Pontefract in the past six months.

Investigators have now released images of a man they would like to speak in connection with an incident at the station in the early hours of Sunday, November 11.

An Omega watch, an iPad and a bag containing a number of items was stolen from a vehicle parked at the station.

PC Omid Aslanbeig said: “We’ve followed a number of leads so far, and have stepped up covert and overt patrols in the area.

“We are committed to tackling all forms of crime, particularly those such as theft, which have a direct impact on the victims and carry a sense of violation.

“One man was arrested in connection with the thefts but was later released without charge.”

PC Aslanbeig added: “After viewing CCTV footage from in and around the station, we have managed to isolate an number images of a man we would like to speak to.

“We believe that the man may have put on a distinctive orange high-visibility coat shown in one of the images.

“If you recognise the man, or have any information in relation to the spate of thefts from vehicle at the station, we would like to hear from you.

“Your information could be vital to the investigation.”

A masterplan to give the station a makeover was given the green light by Wakefield Council chiefs in February.

But Metro bosses say the scheme – drawn up in association with the council and Pontefract Civic Society – is on hold due to franchise problems.

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