Train passengers lives put at risk

British Transport Police have appealed for information after stones were thrown at trains.
British Transport Police have appealed for information after stones were thrown at trains.

BRICK throwing vandals are putting train passengers lives at risk.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers say there has been a series of incidents in Streethouse during the past fortnight have put passengers in danger.

A brick smashed through the window, and landed in a carriage of the 8.54pm Wakefield to Knottingley train service as it passed through the Gin Lane area on Friday, October 26.

The next day a window was also smashed by brick thrown at the 7.20pm Kings Cross to Bradford service close to Streethouse station.

And two windows of the Wakefield to Knottingley train were hit by stones thrown by a group of teenagers at the side of the track on Wednesday October 31.

The same service was again attacked on Monday, November 5.

No-one was injured during the incidents but the trains were damaged and were taken out service for repairs.

Inspector Richard Price, from British Transport Police, said: “Officers from our neighbourhood police teams have been undertaking high visibility patrols and house to house enquiries in the area to warn people of the dangers of such reckless behaviour, and to try and identify who may be responsible.

“Despite this we had another similar incident reported a few days later, then one more earlier this week so the message is clearly not getting through.

“I really cannot emphasise enough how dangerous this is and I am very concerned that if we don’t find these destructive vandals someone is going to get seriously injured or even killed.

“Throwing objects at a train or onto the tracks is incredibly dangerous, drivers and passengers have been badly injured and even killed and there is a real potential for a train to be derailed.”

Anyone with any information should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting 581 of 26 October 2012, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.