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Public warned not to approach ticket machine thieves

Detectives investigating a series of raids on railway station ticket offices have warned the public not to approach anyone stealing from machines. CCTV footage has been released showing men smashing into the vending machines using angle grinders and pickaxes.

Detectives are trying to trace those involved, but say anyone who sees something suspicious should contact British Transport Police rather than approach the gang as they are likely to be armed.

Detective Constable Nick Thompson, leading the investigation said it's believed all the attacks were down to the same gang. He added:

The money stolen in these attacks really does pale into insignificance when you consider the cost of the damage – which is estimated as thirty-three times the value of the cash taken. These thefts haven’t just hit the rail industry financially, they’ve also caused disruption and inconvenience to passengers, with ticket machines taken out of service for repairs.

– Detective Constable Nick Thompson

Dramatic CCTV shows ticket machine raid

Police hunting a gang which made off with £3,000 from railway stations have released dramatic CCTV footage showing men slicing through ticket machines with an angle grinder.

The footage captures the suspects approaching the vending machines, cutting through them and smashing them with pickaxes to get to the cash inside. Six stations in London and Hertfordshire have been targeted since April.

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Police hunt angle grinder thieves

Credit: British Transport Police

Detectives are hunting a gang suspected of stealing £3,000 and causing £100,000 of damage by slicing through railway ticket machines with an angle grinder and pickaxes. Six machines across north London and Hertfordshire have been targeted since April.

Credit: British Transport Police

Police are searching for three suspects seen on CCTV footage.

Men in court over train fight

Three men have appeared in court in connection with a gang fight at Edmonton Green Station on Tuesday. Joe Illington from Poplar, Desmond Illington and Ian Young, both from Edmonton, were charged with violent disorder, criminal damage and actual bodily harm.

Passengers had to be locked inside the train carriages of the 6:15 Greater Anglia service from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town when a group of men wielding baseball bats and poles smashed windows. Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward:

"Ifyou were at the station or on the train in question please contact BritishTransport Police as soon ass possible."

– Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden

British Transport Police can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident number 457 of 21/01/2014.Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

OAP punched and kicked for telling teenagers to stop throwing sweets

One of the people police would like to talk to in connection with what happened. Credit: British Transport Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 72-year-old man was punched and kicked by a group of teenagers at St Pancras international station.

The attack happened on Thursday 19th December at around 10.30am as a First Capital Connect train arrived on Platform A.

Officers have released three CCTV images of people they would like to talk to in connection with the incident.

The victim, who is from Cricklewood, says he saw a group of four or five teenagers throwing sweets at passengers and asked them to stop.

One of the teenagers then punched him in the face. He was apparently punched and kicked again as he left the train.

CCTV image of someone else police would like to talk to. Credit: British Transport Police
Someone else police would like to talk to about what happened. Credit: British Transport Police

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Fraudster jailed after targeting Tube ticket machines

A man who placed skimming devices - which can read debit and credit cards details - on to ticket machines at Tube stations has been jailed for more than two years.

Alexandru Munteanu Credit: British Transport Police

25-year-old Alexandru Munteanu from Waltham Forest placed the device onto six ticket machines at London Underground stations in June and July.

The device was made up of a pin hole camera and a card reader and used at Buckhurst Hill, Epping, Loughton, Theydon Bois and West Ham.

Speaking after the sentencing, PC Mark Pink, the investigating officer, said:

"His luck ran out when officers identified him on CCTV committing the crimes at the Tube stations and a forensic examination of a device matched his DNA. With this overwhelming evidence Munteanu had no choice but to plead guilty."

Bike thrown onto train tracks in 'stupid act of anger'

A bike was thrown onto train tracks during an argument between two people at a train station in Surrey. Police say a young couple were seen arguing on Monday an alleyway at Leatherhead station.

This was a stupid act of anger which caused delays at a very busy time for the railway on a Monday morning, as commuters were trying to get to work, school and to important appointments.

– PC Ian Stack, British Transport Police

The train approaching Leatherhead station did not hit the bike and no one was injured.

Couple subjected to homophobic abuse on train

Police are trying to find a man spotted on CCTV after a couple were subjected to homophobic abuse on a train. The incident happened on Wednesday, 2 October as the couple were waiting at Stratford station. They suddenly noticed a man begin to stare at them.

CCTV taken from the train between Stratford and Forest Gate Credit: British Transport Police

PC Charley Sutherland-Walker from the British Transport Police said: "They boarded a Shenfield-bound train around 7.10pm along with the man who started a brief conversation with the pair.

"He then started to make homophobic comments towards the two in an aggressive and threatening manner, which made them both fear for their own safety. He left the train as it arrived into Maryland station and the pair continued onto Forest Gate station."

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

CCTV appeal as Bexhill rail staff are targeted with abuse

Police have released CCTV images of three people they want to find after rail staff at Bexhill were targeted with verbal abuse.

CCTV image from Bexhill station Credit: British Transport Police

PC Peter Cooke, the investigating officer, said: "We are keen to speak to the man and woman in pictures one and two after a conductor was verbally abused at Bexhill station around 8pm on Saturday, 7 September.

"The second incident happened occurred about 10am on Monday, 16 September. The conductor approached a man and asked him to show his ticket. The man refused to show proof of travel and began to verbally abuse and swear at the conductor."

CCTV image from Bexhill station Credit: British Transport Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

CCTV image from Bexhill station Credit: British Transport Police
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