Police in Uckfield have arrested a man on suspicion of theft after a large amount of railway cable was found at a small industrial estate in Framfield.
The discovery was made on Monday December 17 when officers visited the site with the Environment Agency and Wealden District Pollution Officer following reports of rubber being burnt.
Following enquiries, the man from Hailsham was arrested and taken to Eastbourne custody.
He has subsequently been bailed pending further enquiries, which will be carried out jointly with British Transport Police (BTP).
Inspector Tony Wakefield, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Theft of metal is a problem that affects everyone.
“Most often this causes inconvenience to the general population but in some cases it can put people at real risk and create major disruption.
“These thefts can range from manhole covers, power and phone lines to garden furniture.
“The remuneration the thieves receive is tiny when compared to the cost of the damage they cause and we need to catch and convict those responsible.
“This case is a good result where members of the community have reported suspicious activity which has been followed up by the appropriate authorities. Please help and keep giving us the information we need to stop these crimes.”