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Police looking for drunken passengers after 'appalling' behaviour on Newcastle to Edinburgh train

A group of men under the influence of alcohol were seen lying in the overhead luggage racks during the journey Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

British Transport Police are appealing for information after what's being described as appalling behaviour on a train between Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley on Sunday August 20.

A group of between 10 and 15 men boarded the 12.06 London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley service at Newcastle station shortly before 2.20pm.

During the journey, the group - who were all under the influence of alcohol - were seen to lie in the overhead luggage racks, bang on the carriage roof and throw alcohol around. One of the men also exposed himself.

There were also reports that some of the men made inappropriate comments and gestures towards women also travelling on the train.

Some passengers moved to other carriages - and one was threatened after making a complaint.

When the train arrived at Edinburgh Waverley, just before 3.00pm, one of the men ran from the platform, on to the railway line, towards Princes Street Gardens to try and get away from British Transport Police officers.

“The behaviour of this group can only be described as being appalling and passengers and rail staff should not have to be forced to tolerate it on their journey. "I am appealing for anyone who was on the train or at any of the stations and witnessed the incidents to get in touch with BTP.”

– Constable Liam Cronin, British Transport Police

British Transport Police can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016 – quoting reference B12 of 7/9/2015.

Information can also be given to the independent charity Crimetoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man walking on Metro line - 'Absolutely senseless behaviour'

Officers from British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a man seen walking along the train tracks between Metro stations on the Sunderland line in the early hours of March 1. It has been described as 'senseless'.

“This was absolutely senseless behaviour and I cannot overstate just how dangerous trespassing on the railway is.

“Maintenance and freight trains often travel on the Metro and rail network overnight and then services start in the early hours of the morning, this man was extremely lucky he wasn’t injured or killed.”

“If you recognise him, or know his whereabouts, then please get in touch.”

– PC Mark Bradwell, the investigating officer


Man caught on CCTV walking on Metro lines


Officers from British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a man seen walking along the train tracks between Metro stations on the Sunderland line in the early hours of March 1.

The man was seen walking on the tracks at Sunderland station at 5.40am. He was told to get off and climbed back up onto the platform then walked along the platform and went back on to the tracks towards Park Lane Metro Station.

After officers checked CCTV the same man was seen climbing onto the tracks at the Stadium of Light station at 5.19am before walking to St Peters Station, then through the railway tunnel to Sunderland. He then walked along the lines to Park Lane station where he eventually left the tracks.

British Transport Police crackdown on train thefts

A rise in thefts on trains and at railway stations has promoted the British Transport Police to launch an operation to crackdown on criminals.

Operation Magnum aims to help rail passengers keep valuables safe from gadget grabbers, pick pockets and luggage thieves.

The campaign involves officers working with train companies and local police forces to deter thieves who prey on unsuspecting travellers.

Julie Harrison reports.


British Transport Police appeal for help after assault

The British Transport Police are appealing for help tracing a man after a guard was assaulted. A man and woman boarded at train at Middlesbrough on 7 July. After it stopped at South Bank and continued towards Redcar, the man became abusive claiming the train had missed the station.

The 51 year old train manager, tried to calm the man. Suggesting the couple stay on the train until it returned at no extra cost.

The man then pushed the guard over from behind, hurting his head, grazing his arm and breaking his glasses. The couple left the train at Redcar.

This was an unpleasant physical attack on a member of rail staff who was simply trying to do his job. We will not tolerate behaviour and abuse such as this and will always seek to trace and convict anyone who engages in this type of unacceptable behaviour. I would urge anyone who may recognise the man, or know his current whereabouts to contact us

– PC Ryan Griffiths

Guard assaulted on train

British Transport Police want to trace this man Credit: British Transport Police

The British Transport Police are appealing for information after a train manager was assaulted whilst at work. He was onboard a service travelling between Middlesbrough and Redcar at about 3.15pm on Sunday, 7 July.

Officers believe this man can help with their enquiries Credit: British Transport Police
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