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Weekly Edition - Published  29 September 2016


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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.


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