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BTP warning after laser pen shone at train driver in Longton

February 22, 2013, 4:42 pm

British Transport Police has warned lives are being put at risk in north Staffordshire.

The warning comes after a laser pen was deliberately shone in the eyes of a train driver traveling through Longton station shortly before 6pm on Thursday, 14 February.

Inspector Sonja Simister, officer in charge for British Transport Police, said: “At around 5.55pm on 14 February, we were called after the driver of the 5.45pm Crewe to Derby service reported youths had shone a laser pen into his eyes.

“This not only distracted the driver, but could have had serious safety consequences as the drivers eyes were momentarily affected by the pen.

“In different circumstances the driver may not have been able to retain control of the train or, at least, could have been seriously distracted from the job of safely driving the train.”

Officers attended but the youth seen on the platform had left the station by the time British Transport Police arrived.

Insp Simister added: “I cannot overemphasise the danger of such actions and I call on anyone who knows those responsible or who has information about the incident to come forward.”

If you have any information please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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