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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.


East Coast apologise for disruption

We apologise to our passengers for the disruption to services today, following overhead power line problems between Grantham and Peterborough. Engineering teams from Network Rail are working to recover services as quickly as possible: we expect through services between the North East and London to resume tomorrow morning.

Our advice to customers who can defer their journey to tomorrow is to do so: all unused East Coast tickets dated for travel today can be used tomorrow.

– East Coast Main Line

A limited service is operating via an alternative route avoiding the affected area.

Replacement road services are also in operation between Peterborough and Newark, and passengers are also able to use alternative routes via Manchester and Leeds to travel to and from the North East.

Local MPs tweet about East Coast delays

MPs travelling from the North East to London to get back to parliament have been stuck on trains with thousands of other passengers due to problems with cables on the east coast line.

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah tweeted:

train 2 hrs late because of cables coming down but another signal failure means they now can't give an arrival time

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns also tweeted:

Other colleagues stuck at Retford for 4 and a half hours! Still there!

Injured boy airlifted to hospital

An 11 year old boy has been airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries following a collision on the A69 between Greenhead and Haltwhistle. A Range Rover left the road and crashed onto the railway line. It received a glancing blow from a passing freight train.

The train stopped further down the line and there are no reported injuries from those on board the train. Police believe there was a second car involved and they are treating it as a crime scene.


Train driver hit with stone while pulling out of station

A freight train driver was hit with a stone thrown through his window as he pulled out of Tyne Dock in South Shields.

The incident happened at around 5.55pm on Monday, October 8

PC Nick Cannon, from the British Transport Police, said: "The freight train was approaching Green Lane Bridge when the driver saw pedal cycles lying at the side of the tracks.

"A stone was then thrown at the train from the undergrowth at the side of the tracks.

"It flew through the open window."

When the trains was checked, a rear train light had been stolen.

Anyone with any information about the incident that could assist police enquiries should contact BTP in strict confidence on 0800 40 50 40 quoting 473 of 8 October 2012, **or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after brick attack on train

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.