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Appeal for information after bricks thrown at trains – Greater Manchester

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We are appealing for information after a train driver was showered with glass when a brick was thrown through his cab window in Greater Manchester.

The trainee driver was travelling between Clifton Junction and Kearsley stations when the projectile narrowly missed him.

Officers investigating are now linking the offence to a second crime at the same location, which took place at around 6.50pm on 20 June, when a brick landed in the rear cab of a train after it was thrown through the window. The incident involving the driver happened at around 6.20pm on 2 May. 

Officers responded immediately but the offenders had left the scene.
Both trains were damaged and had to be taken out of service for repairs.

PC Peter Barrowcliff, investigating officer said: “The railway is a dangerous place to be hanging around but to deliberately throw objects at moving trains, that are full of people is more than just harmless mischief, it is criminal and the consequences could be horrific.
“It is purely by luck that no one was injured, or worse in these incidents. How would the offender feel to have caused serious injury to a passenger or driver? Could they live with that on their conscience?
“I use this opportunity to call on all parents in the area to make sure they know where their children or teenagers are hanging about after school and during the holidays.”

A spokesman for Northern said: “Incidents of this nature are extremely disturbing as our staff should be able to work without fear of violence or injury from vandalism.
“It is only through good fortune that no-one was hurt as a result of the two incidents. We are now working closely with British Transport Police to trace those responsible and educate young people about the potential dangers of causing damage on the railway.”

PC Barrowcliff added: “If you were in the area at the time and saw a person or group acting suspiciously then please get in touch – your information could be vital to our investigation.”

Contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 211 of 27/06/2017  or, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

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