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Passengers set fire to train seat and cause delays in West Dunbartonshire – Scotland

BTP officers investigating vandalism on board a Balloch to Airdrie train are appealing for further information. 

The incident happened between 9.40am and 10.10am on Wednesday 3 April.

Two boys are reported to have set fire to a seat then pressed the train’s emergency button.

At Dalmuir station in West Dunbartonshire the two got off the train. They continued to act disorderly and got into a confrontation with a person who refused to allow them to re-board the service.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident; they would especially like to speak to the person who attempted to stop the suspects from boarding the train, and another person who filmed the suspects on their phone at Dalmuir station.

The incident cost the rail operator nearly £5000 in damage and delays.
The first suspect is described as white, around 12-years-old, of a slim build, and wearing a hooded khaki green jacket, Nike jogging bottoms and trainers.
The second is described as white, around 13-years-old, of slim build, and wearing a dark hooded jacket, dark jogging bottoms and trainers. 

Witnesses can contact BTP by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 and quoting reference 156 of 03/04/19.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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