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“Selfish group” use train emergency cord to stop train – Essex/Hertfordshire

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Officers from British Transport Police are releasing CCTV images of a group of men in connection to improper use of a train’s emergency cord.
 
The incidents have occurred on board Greater Anglian trains in the Cheshunt and Edmonton Green areas of east London and Hertfordshire.
 
On two occasions, a group of men have used the emergency cord in order to stop a train. They then force the train doors open in order to leave the train at a location where it is not scheduled to stop.
 
One of the incidents happened on the 8.32am Cambridge to Liverpool Street station on 5 November. The other incident occurred on board the 6.05pm Broxbourne to London Liverpool Street station on 16 November.
  
On each occasion, the train is forced to stop which leads to lengthy delays as essential safety checks are made. Likewise, subsequent reports of individuals trespassing on the tracks leads to even more delays.
 
Inspector Steve Webster from British Transport Police, said: “The actions of this group are completely irresponsible and dangerous. They selfishly pull the emergency cord in order to stop the train, and then worryingly walk onto the tracks. What they don’t know is that other trains could be rushing towards them at high speed. 
 
“We’re not sure why this group of men continue to pull these emergency cords. Whether they’re doing it for a laugh or if they are trying to get back home a few minutes quicker. Either way, it is vitally important we identify those responsible so that they know the dangers they are putting themselves in.”
 
Anyone with any information can get in touch with BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 365 of 06/12.2017. Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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