Vandals throw stones at train at Balby

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after stones cracked the windows of a train as it passed under Balby Road bridge.

British Transport Police have today released details of the incident which happened on February 29 at 4.15pm.

PC Gareth Swiffen, the investigating officer, said that stones were thrown at the 2.35pm London Kings Cross to Leeds service.

The stones damaged the outer skin of the carriage window of the train, causing it to crack.

PC Swiffen added: “This was an extremely foolish and dangerous act, which resulted in a train being damaged.

“Throwing stones at fast moving trains is an incredibly irresponsible thing to do and we have stepped up patrols in the area to try and catch those responsible.

“We urge those who think that throwing stones and other objects at trains is fun to think about the consequences of their actions, which in this case could have been much worse.

“We are conducting local inquiries into the incident and ask anyone with any information that could help our investigation to come forward.”

East Coast trains’ Operations Director Danny Williams said: “This was a foolish action which damaged a train and which clearly could have had very serious consequences.

“We are fully supporting the British Transport Police in their investigation and ask anyone who saw what happened or could identify those responsible to contact the police.”

Anyone with any information about the incident and who or may have information that could assist police enquiries should contact BTP in strict confidence on 0800 40 50 40 quoting 438 – 29/02/2012 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.