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Police appeal after objects placed on track and lamp is stolen from freight train – South Shields

February 25, 2013, 12:47 pm

British Transport Police (BTP) has issued a warning and is appealing for information after fencing and metal items were placed on the track in South Shields on Tuesday, 19 February.

Sergeant Chris Jones, who is leading the investigation said: “Around 12.50pm, a freight train was leaving Tyne Dock and was approaching Green Lane Road bridge when the driver noticed items on the track.

“The driver had to stop the train to avoid striking the objects. He then got out of his cab and walked down the track to inspect the items.

“He discovered that fencing and other metal objects had been placed on the track, he also noticed that a tail lamp was stolen from the rear of the train.”

Police are carrying out their enquiries into the incident and would like to appeal to members of the public who saw anything at the time. Officers also want to reinforce how dangerous obstructing the railway can be.

Sgt Jones added: “Deliberately placing objects on the line is incredibly dangerous as trains travelling at high speeds risk being derailed. I cannot emphasise enough how utterly reckless this behaviour is.

“Thankfully, the driver was able to stop in time and no-one was injured, but nonetheless we are treating this incident very seriously and are determined to find those responsible and hold them to account for their actions.

“If you saw anything at the time, or have any information about the incident, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police onFreefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B3/NEA of 25/02/2013. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity,Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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