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Trains vandalised in Saltaire

Police patrols have been stepped up in Saltaire after objects were thrown at trains.

The items, believed to be stones, were thrown at passing trains at Hirst Wood Foot Crossing, near Hirst Wood Road yesterday. Five trains were damaged.

Two had door windows smashed; the other three suffered damage to the outer skin of the trains.

Whoever was responsible for this foolish and dangerous act put the lives of rail passengers and staff in danger.

We urge those who think that throwing objects at trains on the railway is fun to think about the consequences of their actions. Luckily on this occasion no-one was hurt but someone could have quite easily been seriously injured or even killed.

– Sergeant Andrew Roberts, British Transport Police

These mindless acts of vandalism are costing us much more than a hefty bill. They can cause serious shock and upset to our drivers and conductors, and as a result, our passengers can suffer long and unnecessary delays and disruption to their journey.

It also puts the safety of our employees and passengers at risk. I would urge anyone with information to contact the British Transport Police immediately before someone is seriously injured.

– Richard Allan, Area Director for Northern Rail