Hooligans hurl stones at express train

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OFFICERS from British Transport Police yesterday appealed for information after “incredibly irresponsible” vandals threw a rock at a train as it passed through Doncaster.

An investigation has been launched into the stone-throwing incident, which was reported to police at around 4.15pm on Wednesday, February 29.

Pc Gareth Swiffen, the investigating officer, said that stones were thrown at the 2.35pm London Kings Cross to Leeds service as it passed under Balby Road bridge.

The stone damaged the “outer skin” of the carriage window of the train, causing it to crack.

Pc Swiffen said: “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 added: “This was a foolish action which damaged a train and which clearly could have had very serious consequences.

“We are fully supporting 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 British Transport Police in confidence on 0800 405040.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.