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Who nearly caused a train to derail near Hove? – Sussex

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Officers from British Transport Police have launched an investigation after a large metal bin was thrown on to the tracks near Hove station. 

The incident happened at approximately 11pm on Friday 7 April. The driver of the 10:43pm Southern service from Brighton to Hove station reported striking the bin close to Hove station. 

Officers from BTP, Sussex Police and colleagues from Network Rail all deployed to the scene. 

As the bin was wedged under the train, all passengers had to be evacuated from the service and escorted along the tracks to Hove station. 

Detective Sergeant Margret Storey from British Transport Police, said: “This was an incredibly dangerous and stupid thing to do. Thankfully, the train was not derailed however this incident could have been far worse.  I’d like to send a warning to anyone who thinks this was a good idea or a ‘laugh’. Reckless behaviour such as this could have had fatal consequences. 

“We have now launched an investigation to trace the person responsible. If you have any information on who thought this was a good idea, please get in touch as your information could provide vital.” 

Anyone with any information is asked to send a text to 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 712 of 07/04/2017. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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