A gang of burglars embroiled in a £140,000 cable theft plot are today starting more than 10 years behind bars.
The organised criminals were part of a conspiracy to steal large drums of metal cable across the North East.
Dressed as workmen and armed with vans and cutting equipment, the men targeted unsupervised compounds.
But their scheme was brought down when sharp-eyed detectives linked them to a break-in at the BT depot in Team Valley, Gateshead, which led them to other jobs across the North.
Now, all seven members of the gang - David Price, Christopher Lee, Lee Sheeran, Daniel Chadwick, Michael Chadwick, James Price and Trevor Smith - have been jailed for a total of 10 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal and one to theft.