Train brick thugs put ‘lives at risk’

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VANDALS throwing bricks at trains as they pass through Streethouse are putting passengers at risk of serious injury or death.

The stark warning comes from British Transport Police following a spate of bricks and stones being hurled at trains as they travel through the village.

Insp Richard Price, of BTP, said: “I really cannot emphasis enough how dangerous this is and I am very concerned that if we don’t find these destructive vandals, someone is going to get seriously injured or even killed.”

The first incident happened on Friday October 26, just after 9.30pm, when a brick was thrown at a Wakefield to Knottingley service as it approached the Gin Lane area. It left a passenger window smashed and the brick landed inside the carriage.

The following day, around the same time, police received reports that a brick had been thrown at a King’s Cross to Bradford train close to Streethouse railway station.

Again the brick smashed through the window and landed inside the carriage.

A third incident on Monday November 5 saw stones thrown at the 4.31pm Wakefield to Knottingley service as it passed between Cow Lane and Hammer Lane, smashing the outer skin of one of the windows.

Insp Price added: “It was only through luck that no-one was injured by the bricks that smashed through the windows into the trains. It must have been terrifying for the passengers and rail staff on board.”

Police have been carrying out high-profile patrols and house-to-house inquiries, and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. Insp Price said: “I would urge all parents in the Streethouse area to ask themselves if they know where their children are hanging around, and speak to them to reinforce our messages about the dangers of such behaviour.

“Throwing objects at a train or on to the tracks is incredibly dangerous. Drivers and passengers have been badly injured and even killed and there is a real potential for a train to be derailed.”

Contact BTP on 0800 405040 quoting 581 of 26 October 2012 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.