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Train assault: Do you know these people?

Train incident
These people were on a train between Newcastle and Carlisle Credit: British Transport Police

Do you know these travellers? That is the question being posed by officers from British Transport Police investigating an outbreak of anti-social behaviour on a rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle, which culminated in the train guard being assaulted. The incidents happened at about 8.40pm on Saturday, 5 July, on board a Northern Rail service between Newcastle and Carlisle.

“Two groups of men boarded the 7.25pm train at Newcastle. One group was particularly argumentative and was clearly trying to goad the other. The aggressive group were spoken to a number of times during the journey and were asked to calm down. When the train reached Brampton, at about 8.40pm the train manager asked the rowdy men to leave the train as he believed they were becoming too aggressive. Two of the men tried to get back onto the train and, when the train manager stopped them doing so, one of the men kicked him to the groin.”

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

British Transport Police have isolated a number of CCTV images featuring men they believe will have information about what happened.

“The train guard was carrying out his duties in the proper manner and was trying to protect other passengers by asking the men to leave the train. No-one should be subjected to abusive behaviour or violence and train staff should expect to be able to work in a safe environment. What happened on Saturday, 5 July, was completely unacceptable and I am determined to trace those responsible.

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

In a separate incident, at Newcastle prior to the men boarding the train, two groups of people were involved in a fight at Central Station.

“We believe the people captured on CCTV in relation to the incidents on-board the train will have information about the fight at Newcastle too and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this early incident.”

– PC Darren Rogers, British Transport Police

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Body identified as missing man

Allan Atkinson went missing earlier this month.

Police in Cumbria have confirmed that a body discovered yesterday has been formally identified as missing Carlisle man Allan Atkinson.

The 60-year-old's body was found in the water at Warwick Bridge, Carlisle. He was last seen on Cumwhinton Road on Tuesday 7th January.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Police patrols for Newcastle to Carlisle trains

*Inspector Brian Buddle from the British Transport Police explains to ITV News why extra officers will patrol the trains. *

British Transport Police is increasing police patrols on a number of services travelling between Newcastle to Carlisle on a Saturday evening from tonight.

The extra patrols have been put in place on the 19.24 and 21.18 services following a increase in reports from passengers and staff of a number of people on-board both trains causing disruption, and anti social behaviour.

Officers will be on patrol at Newcastle station to see the trains arrive and oversee their departure. British Transport Police will also travel on the trains to prevent disruption during the journey.

The 21.18 service has been designated as a dry train; alcohol will not be allowed on-board.

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Four from Middlesbrough arrested after gun incident

Police are searching parts of Botchergate for a gun.
Police are searching parts of Botchergate for a gun.

Four people from Middlesbrough have been arrested after a police search for a gun in Carlisle.

Police in the city have been searching parts of Botchergate for the weapon.

Officers were told by a member of the public at 4.15am, today, November 24, that two men had been seen leaving Time Bar and one was carrying a gun.

The pair were seen by the witness entering the Ibis Hotel.

Altogether five men and one woman have been arrested and are in custody. Two are from Carlisle.

Find out more here.

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