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CCTV released of rail crossing near misses

There have been countless warnings over the dangers of people jumping the red light at level crossings - but rail bosses in Grimsby say people are not listening.

Network Rail and British Transport Police today resorted to handing out leaflets spelling out how to cross them safely - after more than six hundred instances in the past month of both cars and pedestrians not doing so.

They have also released CCTV images of near-misses - as Helen Steel reports.

Transport Police warning after theft of railway detonator

British Transport Police (BTP) has issued a stark warning after a railway detonator was stolen from the rail line near Womersley Road level Crossing in Knottingley, Wakefield at the weekend.

Railway detonator stolen in Knottingley

The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between 8pm on Saturday, 12 July and 8am on Sunday, 13 July. Rail staff discovered the theft when they began work in the area on Sunday morning.

The detonator, which is safe if handled correctly, is designed to be triggered by impact and emit a loud bang when a train passes over them. In this instance, a number of them had been placed on the track and were being by rail staff in order to warn rail maintenance workmen of approaching trains.

The detonator is described as a small disc, approximately 5cm in diameter with two lead strips either side.

These detonators contain mild explosives and emit a loud bang when drivers pass over them, to warn track workers that a train will be coming their way soon. They could be very dangerous in untrained hands, particularly young children or teenagers.

– PC John Clethro

Anyone with any information about the detonator is asked to contact British Transport Police.


Pickpocket duo sought by police

Police in Leeds are searching for men suspected of pickpocketing people in Leeds railway station.


Police believe they are targeting women during the evening rush hour to steal their mobile phones.

They think two men are working as a team with one as look out.


British Transport Police have release images of two men they would like to speak to.

Anyone who recognises either man is asked to contact police.


Guard assaulted on Sheffield-Leeds train

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a guard was assaulted on a train between Sheffield and Leeds.


On March 24 the guard was inspecting tickets when a man without a valid ticket began verbally abusing him.

The man got off at Meadowhall but continued to shout at and threaten the guard.

Police have asked anyone who recognises the pictured man to contact them.

Man sought after Leeds station assault

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault outside Leeds railway station.


At around 4.40am on June 8, a 23-year-old man from Leeds was assaulted at the taxi rank.

Three men crowded round him and one of them assaulted the man, leaving him with a cut to his head and two black eyes.

Police have asked anyone who recognises the pictured man to contact them.

Yobs cause £8,000 damage to Ilkley train

Shattered windscreen on Bradford to Ilkley train Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a train windscreen was shattered by an object thrown from a bridge.

The incident happened at around 9.40pm on Tuesday, 27 May, as the 9.38pm service from Bradford Forster Square to Ilkley departed Frizinghall station in Bradford.

As the train passed under a bridge at Shipley Fields Road, an object hit the driver’s windscreen.PC Andrew Storey of BTP Leeds, said “Fortunately the driver was unharmed. However, he was left extremely shaken by the incident.

“In addition to the trauma caused to the driver, the cost of repairing the damage to the train is estimated at £8,000.“We believe the object thrown to be a lump of concrete, but are currently analysing CCTV footage from the driver’s cab to establish more information.

“Incidents of this nature are, obviously, extremely serious. They pose a real threat to the life of staff and passengers, cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and result in delays to services.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has information regarding the identity of those responsible, to get in contact with us.”


CCTV released over theft of credit cards in Leeds bars

British Transport Police have releasing new images in the hunt for two men they would like to speak to in connection with the thefts of eight bank cards stolen from victims in bars in Leeds.


The cards were used to withdraw large amounts of money from the victims' bank accounts.

Investigators previously released images of two men they wanted to speak to in connection with the thefts which took place on the 1stand 2nd of February 2014 at the Stone Roses Bar and Back Room Bar in Leeds.


Now after reviewing CCTV they have managed to find clearer images of the men and are releasing them in the hope someone may recgnise them.

Detective Constable Jason Ridgeway, leading the investigation, said:

“Eight people have reported attending these bars and then later discovering that their credit or debit card is missing. Following the thefts large amounts of cash were withdrawn from the victim’s bank accounts.

"The cards have also been used in supermarkets where low value purchases have been made and then cash back was obtained.”

Cable thief ordered to pay back £25,000

A cable thief who was jailed for 18 months in May for stealing railway cable in the West Yorkshire area has now been ordered to pay back more than £25,000 following a British Transport Police investigation.

Ben Pearson, 23, of Hillcrest Road, Castleford appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, 10 January for a Proceeds of Crime Act ( POCA) hearing, where he was ordered to pay £17,275 compensation to Network Rail and had £8,522 confiscated.

Mr Pearson will have 56 days to pay the money under POCA.

“This case sends out a clear message that sealing cable just doesn’t pay. Not only did Pearson lose his liberty but he has also been forced to pay back his ill gotten gains.

“We’re hitting cable thieves in their own pockets by taking back money they’ve made through targeting and stealing from the rail network.

"We’ll pursue them through the courts to strip them of their criminal profits.”

– PC Andy Jones. British Transport Police

CCTV of man wanted in connection with club attack

CCTV image of man police want to speak to about nightclub assault Credit: British Transport Police

The police is appealing for information after a 19-year-old woman was assaulted whilst in The Mission nightclub in Leeds.

Officers have today released a picture of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the assault, which took place in the early hours of Sunday, 1 December.

CCTV image of man police want to speak to about nightclub assault Credit: British Transport Police

Police Constable Daniel Worthington, the investigating officer said: "The woman, who is from the Leeds area, was allegedly punched in the face by a man in the club at around 1am. She suffered cuts and bruising to her eye area.

“If you recognise the man shown in the CCTV images, or have any information about the attack we would like to hear from you, please come forward and assist police in this investigation.”

Information can be given to British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016, quoting background log NEA/ B7 of 18/12/2013 or via the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Runaway car hit by train

Police are investigating how a runaway car ended up on rail tracks before being hit by a train and shoved along the line in Bingley.

The red Vauxhall Corsa was parked on a residential street before it rolled down the road and smashed through a wooden fence on to the track.

It was hit by the Leeds to Skipton train on Monday at 8.45pm and shunted along the track for about 125 metres before stopping near the bridge on Leonard Street.

No-one was in the car, which belonged to somebody visiting a friend in Healey Avenue.

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