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Thief steals £15k in cash from dozing train passenger

A train passenger had a bag containing £15,000 in cash stolen from him as he slept on a Virgin train from Liverpool to Runcorn.

British Transport Police is appealing for witnesses after a dozing passenger had £15,000 stolen Credit: Google Maps/BTP

British Transport Police (BTP) released a CCTV image of the man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on March 1 at about 9am.

DC Dominic Wilcox said: “The man had planned to travel to Stafford to purchase a car – and was carrying the cash in a bag.

“The victim dozed off and as the train arrived at Runcorn, a man grabbed the bag from the seat next to the victim and quickly left the train.”

BTP appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Trains 'surprisingly silent' warns transport police

Modern trains are "very fast" and "often surprisingly silent" warned the British Transport Police.

Chief Superintendent Miles Flood was speaking as part of a campaign to prevent people from crossing the tracks, after 41 people died trespassing on Britain's railways last year.

Billions of pounds have been invested to give us a fast, modern rail network. Trains are very fast and often surprisingly silent, particularly if you are not paying attention.

We spend thousands of police hours combating trespass to keep people safe and minimise disruption to the network. If this campaign can prevent one British Transport Police officer having to tell someone that their loved one has been killed or maimed, it will be worth it.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Miles Flood, British Transport Police

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Two killed at level crossing in Great Coates in Grimsby

Two people have been killed after a train struck a car at a crossing in Great Coates in Grimsby, British Transport Police have said.

The incident happened at the automated half barrier crossing at 19.39 this evening.

The train involved was the 19.26 service from Cleethorpes to Scunthorpe.

Passengers have been taken off train and there are no reports of anyone injured on board.

Car wreckage removed from level crossing crash site

A recovery vehicle removes the wreckage of a car from the tracks after it was struck by a train. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
One person was killed after the train hit the car in Somerset. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Witnesses said the barriers at the level crossing were lowered when the car drove on to the track. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Witnesses: Barriers lowered when car drove on to track

Witnesses said the barriers at the level crossing were lowered when the car drove on to the track, a Network Rail spokesman said:

There are 45 people on board, comprising 37 passengers and eight train crew.

The train has not derailed and no passengers or crew were injured. The car is badly damaged and is under the leading power car.

The train driver and First Great Western staff have given a statement to British Transport Police that the barriers were lowered and the car was seen to drive on to the crossing.

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PICTURES: Fatal level crossing crash near Taunton

The accident happened at the Athelney level crossing just before 6.30 am Credit: ITV News West Country
The car was pushed 500m down the track, killing the occupant Credit: ITV News West Country
There were around 45 people on board the train, which was travelling from Exeter to Paddington. No one on board was hurt Credit: ITV News West Country
The line between Taunton and Westbury is closed and trains have been diverted via Bristol Temple Meads Credit: ITV News West Country

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Train 'not derailed' by fatal level crossing crash

Shortly before 6.30am this morning BTP was called to reports of a car having been struck by a train at Athelney automatic half barrier level crossing.

The train involved is the 0546 Exeter to London Paddington service. The train has not been derailed and there are no reports of any injuries to anyone on board.

The car is trapped under the front of the train and services are currently stopped in the area.

There was one person in the car who has been pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances leading up to the incident.

– British Transport Police spokesman
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One person killed in level crossing crash

British Transport Police have confirmed that one person has died after a train hit a car on a level crossing in Somerset. It happened near Athelney, which is on the line between Taunton and Castle Cary.

There were no reports of any passengers on the train being injured in the crash.

The car is trapped under the front of the train and services are stopped in the area. First Great Western is operating replacement buses between Taunton and Westbury.

Rail passengers can text crime to transport police

From today, rail passengers will be able to report incidents via their mobile phones, as a new text number is launched by British Transport Police.

Travellers will be able to use the 61016 number to report anti-social behaviour, similar to the 101 non emergency numbers used by the police.

The 61016 number will be used to report non emergencies on the train Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The number, which will be monitored around the clock, has the capacity to send police if required.

BTP deputy chief constable Paul Crowther said: "We hope that the ease of being able to send a quick text message will encourage more passengers to report incidents when they occur. By building up a more accurate picture, we can better focus our resources."

Over 70 reports of passenger property theft during Olympics, say British Transport Police

During the London 2012 Olympic Games from July 27-30 British Transport Police has said that they have received over 70 reports of passenger property theft (excluding this morning).

The special police force added that passenger property theft was the most-reported railway crime during this period, from 178 crime incidents.

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