Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.
“Despite a rock solid 48 hour strike in February, and total support for the overtime ban, management refuse to take our members concerns seriously and have left us with no option other than to ratchet up the action with a week-long strike starting this Thursday.“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s continuing and stubborn refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”
Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of youths threw bricks at a train as it left Seaham Station.
The incidented happened on Saturday June 23rd at the level crossing just outside the station as the 2.18pm train set off for Hexham.
British Transport Police say a group of youths threw objects at the train from a wooded area close to the station.
The driver's front cabin window cracked which meant the train had to be taken out of service when it reached Newcastle.
"This type of behaviour is extremely dangerous as any object thrown at a train has the potential to become a lethal weapon due to the speeds involved.
"The individuals who did this were endangering passengers and it's vital we trace those responsible to prevent this happening again."
– PC Nick Jones, British Transport Police
Anybody with any information about the bricks being thrown is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B11/NEA of 16/07/2012. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.