Appeal after train hits
shopping trolley on tracks near Edgehill Station
THE British Transport Police Officers
have issued an urgent appeal for information after a busy passenger train struck
a shopping trolley that had been placed on the line. The incident occurred, on
Tuesday, 6 September 2016, just before 8pm, between Edgehill and Liverpool Lime
Street Stations, in the Chatsworth Drive and Overton Street area. Luckily no one
was injured, but such was the damage to the train that it had to be taken out of
service, causing delays and cancellations across the network.
PC Steven Davies said:- "The service had departed Edgehill station
and made its way through the cutting. Suddenly the train struck a shopping
trolley that had been placed on the tracks. This caused extensive damage to the
train and two of the four lines were temporarily closed as a result. This was a
deliberate and malicious act that could have resulted in serious injury or
worse, apart from the fact that those responsible endangered their own lives. I
cannot over emphasise just how dangerous this is. Reckless acts like this can
result in potentially fatal consequences, something to keep in mind for those
who are responsible."
A Northern spokesperson comments:- "Mindless acts of vandalism such as
this cost the rail network much more than a hefty bill. An incident such as this
can cause serious shock and upset to train crew, and as a result, our customers
can suffer long and unnecessary delays and disruption to their journey. Our
employees have the right to work in a safe environment and incidents like these
not only put them in danger, but also risk the lives of the customers we serve.
We simply will not tolerate this type of behaviour and continue to work closely
with the BTP to investigate and prosecute those who carryout such crimes."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport
Police on:- 0800 40 50 40, or text:- 61016, quoting reference:- '248 of
26/09/2016.' Information can also be passed anonymously to the
independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.