Appeal for information after lorry tyre left on rail line in Cornwall

Appeal for information after lorry tyre left on rail line in Cornwall

Appeal for information after lorry tyre left on rail line in Cornwall

First published in News

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a High-Speed Train suffered damage after striking a tyre, believed to have been deliberately placed on the line.

At about 1.20pm on Sunday, December 22, a train travelling towards Penzance struck the large tyre on the tracks between Menheniot and Liskeard.

DC Dave Bailey, investigating officer, said: “The driver of First Great Western’s 0857hrs London Paddington to Penzance service reported striking the lorry tyre which was on the line. He brought the train to a halt and, although the train suffered some damage, he was able to continue after a delay of around 30 minutes.

“Thankfully no-one was injured, but this could have resulted in a much more serious incident. Placing objects on the railway line is an extremely dangerous act and could result in serious consequences.

“It is only through good fortune that no-one was harmed and it is vital that we trace whoever is responsible for this foolish act.”

If you can assist officers, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote incident reference 234 of 22/12/13.

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9:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I wish more could be done to educate/advertise/ about the dangers and possible consequences that acts of vandalism like this can cause. I have experienced the effects of being on a train that has hit an obstacle on the track at speed, and not every time this happens do all the passengers get off lightly without injury. I have also first hand knowledge of the effects it can sometimes have on a driver, this can result in them being off work for a while. Trespass on the railway or acts of vandalism does not only cause disruption to services and inconveniences to customers but can also cause fatalities. What may seem like a prank to someone, can have far reaching consequences.
I wish more could be done to educate/advertise/ about the dangers and possible consequences that acts of vandalism like this can cause. I have experienced the effects of being on a train that has hit an obstacle on the track at speed, and not every time this happens do all the passengers get off lightly without injury. I have also first hand knowledge of the effects it can sometimes have on a driver, this can result in them being off work for a while. Trespass on the railway or acts of vandalism does not only cause disruption to services and inconveniences to customers but can also cause fatalities. What may seem like a prank to someone, can have far reaching consequences. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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