Train windscreen brick smash 'incredibly irresponsible'

PUBLISHED: 15:49 05 September 2012

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POLICE say it was lucky nobody was injured or killed when a brick was thrown at a train's windscreen from a railway bridge as it travelled through a village near Weston.

British Transport Police (BTP) has issued an appeal after the brick was hurled from a bridge in Yatton.

The incident happened at about 9.55pm on August 29. It caused the train to be taken out of service and caused major inconvenience to the passengers on board the 3.08pm Edinburgh to Plymouth service.

The operator CrossCountry Trains is now offering a £5,000 reward to anyone who gives information leading to a conviction.

Inspector Andy Irwin-Porter, from the BTP, said: “This was an incredibly irresponsible and dangerous act, and it was lucky no-one was injured or killed.

“Thankfully, the driver was not injured but has understandably been left extremely shaken by the incident.

“Officers attended Yatton station after the incident happened and immediately searched the area, as well as conducting house-to-house enquiries.

“No-one was located but we are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the Yatton area around the time of the incident and who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously, or running away from the station, to contact BTP as a matter of urgency.

“We believe this was a deliberate act of vandalism that could have had tragic consequences.

“It is beyond belief that anyone could throw objects at moving trains and we need to trace those responsible before their actions result in serious harm to rail staff or passengers.”

CrossCountry managing director Andy Cooper said: “The possible consequences of this incident are truly terrifying and it is lucky our driver escaped uninjured.

“These vandals must be apprehended before they cause an injury or worse, and I would appeal for anyone with information to contact the BTP urgently.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the BTP on 0800 405040 quoting incident reference 569 of 29/08/2012.

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