British Transport Police investigate stone throwing incident at Clarbeston Road
10:54am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after an object was thrown at a train at a Pembrokeshire rail station.
The incident, which took place around 8pm on Tuesday, October 1, caused significant damage to the cab window and left the driver shaken but, luckily, uninjured.
BTP officers investigating the incident have issued a stark warning to people carrying out such acts, and are appealing for anyone who may have information about the incident to come forward.
Investigating officer PC Dai Maynard, who covers Pembrokeshire station, said: “A Clarbeston Road to Fishguard Harbour Arriva Trains Wales service was standing at a signal at Clarbeston Road station when the driver reported an object hitting the windscreen of his cab.
“We believe the item, thought to be a stone, was thrown onto the railway from the road. As a result, the window’s protective outer shield was substantially damaged.
“This was clearly an extremely dangerous act. Not only are there significant financial implications for Arriva Trains Wales, but the driver’s safety was severely compromised.”
Following the incident, officers conducted a full search of the area, but to no avail. There were no passengers on board the service at the time.
“We believe this was a deliberate act of vandalism, which was not only incredibly irresponsible but also very dangerous,” said PC Maynard. “Luckily, the driver was not injured, but this does not detract from the fact that it was a frightening experience for him.
“We’ve stepped up patrols in the area to catch and deter any vandals from carrying out this type of dangerous crime, and we remain keen to find those responsible as we are concerned that they may not realise the full implications and subsequent dangers of throwing objects at trains.
“If anyone knows who is responsible, or saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, I would urge them to get in touch.”
An Arriva Trains Wales spokesperson said: “Not only does throwing stones at trains put lives seriously at risk but, it could lead to a criminal record or even imprisonment for the perpetrators. These people are lucky that there was not a more serious outcome from their foolhardy actions.”
Anyone with information that could assist police with their enquiries can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B2/WSA of 10/10/2013. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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