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Police appeal after stones thrown at trains in Leeds

March 1, 2013, 4:32 pm

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after two trains had their windows smashed on consecutive days.

On Friday, 22 February at around 3.20pm, the 13:22 Liverpool to Scarborough service was passing Wortley Recreation Ground when a stone was thrown at the train from a footbridge near Wortley Tunnel.

The next day, Saturday, 23 February, a window on the17:29 Leeds to York service was also smashed by a stone thrown at the train, near Headingley Railway Station at around 5.30pm.

Sergeant Peter Shaw, the investigating officer, said: “Luckily there were no reported injuries to anyone onboard these trains, but this could have resulted in a passenger or rail staff being seriously hurt or even blinded. As a result, both trains had to be taken out of service to be fixed.”

Following the incidents, enquiries were carried out by officers and the surrounding areas were searched, but to no avail.

Sgt. Shaw added: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable, and I would urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity in both of these areas on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening, or who has any information about the incidents, to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number 331 of 22/2/13 Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555.

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