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£500 reward after mindless vandals bring railway to standstill – Sheffield

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Mindless vandals who placed railway cable across the tracks and brought the railway network to a standstill in Sheffield are being sought by Police.

Two passenger trains struck the cable which badly damaged the undercarriages, disabling them on the tracks which resulted in widespread disruption to services in and around the Meadowhall area on Sunday evening.

We are now appealing for information in relation to the incident, which took place at around 9.45pm in Ecclesfield and Northern Rail have put forward a reward of £500 for any information that leads to a conviction.

A window of one of the passenger services was also smashed during the incident. Luckily no-one was injured but the incident caused huge delays to passengers from both services who had to be taken off the trains and continue their journeys via taxi and minibus paid for by Northern Rail.

Sergeant Andy Selby said, “As we’ve witnessed from this incident, cable theft has a huge impact on the railway network and leads to lengthy and disruptive journeys to passengers. Not to mention the significant financial impact of having to replace stolen or damaged cable, damaged trains and pay for alternative travel.

“If you were in the Ecclesfield area on Sunday evening and saw anything suspicious or have any information which may help us identify those responsible, please contact us."
 
Chris Jackson, Head of Trains and Stations for Northern, said: “It’s truly unbelievable that people will do anything as mindless as this.
“It’s only through good fortune that no-one was injured as a result of this senseless vandalism.
“We are committed to working with our colleagues at BTP to trace those responsible and are offering £500 to anyone with information which leads to a conviction.”
 
 Vickie Beadle, community safety manager at Network Rail, said: “This type of behaviour is incredibly dangerous and people need to realise that the railway is not a playground. This incident is completely unacceptable and caused unnecessary disruption for those simply trying to get home.” 
 
 You can pass information by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 514 of 19/11. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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