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British Transport Police warning on railway theft

British Transport Police warning on railway theft
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The British Transport Police is warning people to keep an eye on their belongings when they're travelling on trains between London and Cornwall.

Teams of officers have travelled in relay between London Paddington and Penzance on board First Great Western’s 1206hrs departure from Paddington.

They've been offering advice and safety tips as well as handing out leaflets and answering any questions or concerns passengers may have about keeping their possessions safe.

Near-miss as lorry tyre left on railway line

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses after a high-speed train suffered damage after striking a tyre believed to have been deliberately placed on the line.

It happened last Sunday (22 December) at around 1.20pm.

A train travelling towards Penzance struck the large tyre on the tracks between Menheniot and Liskeard.

The driver of First Great Western’s 0857hrs London Paddington to Penzance service reported striking the lorry tyre which was on the line.

He brought the train to a halt and, although the train suffered some damage, he was able to continue after a delay of around 30 minutes.

This could have resulted in a much more serious incident.

Placing objects on the railway line is an extremely dangerous act and could result in serious consequences.

It is only through good fortune that no-one was harmed and it is vital that we trace whoever is responsible for this foolish act.

– DC Dave Bailey, British Transport Police

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Do you recognise these men?

Police would like to speak to these three men. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police
Police would like to speak to this man. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police
Police would like to speak to these three men. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

British Transport Police said there was an alleged incident at Exeter St David's Railway Station in which three men who refused to buy tickets became verbally abusive to members of staff.

Police have released CCTV images of three men they believe will have information that could assist Officers.

The alleged incident happened at about 4pm on Monday (29 July).

Train manager suffered 'abuse'

CCTV image of a woman Police would like to speak to. Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police say a train manager suffered abuse on a service between Truro and St Austell.

Officers have now issued the above CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the alleged incident, which took place onboard the 21:45hrs Penzance to London Paddington sleeper service between 10.30pm and 11pm on Friday.

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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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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.

Man wanted in connection with assault on train in Cornwall

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an assault on a member of rail staff at Lostwithiel rail station Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they'd like to speak to following an assault on a member of rail staff in Cornwall. It happened on a train arriving at Lostwithiel Railway Station on the evening of Wednesday 5th December. PC Steve Campbell has issued this appeal:

“Following a ticket dispute on First Great Western’s 1916hrs Penzance - Plymouth service, a male passenger is alleged to have assaulted a member of staff on board the train.

“I am now issuing a CCTV image and appealing for anyone who can identify the man in this photograph as I believe he will have key information which can assist the investigation.

“I would also like anyone who witnessed the incident on the train to come forward.”

People with information are asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident reference B7/WWA of 03/01/2013

British Transport Police appeal for information

British Transport Police are looking to speak to a man who became abusive and threatening towards the train manager on the 8.34pm Paignton-Exmouth service when asked to leave the train.

BTP would like to speak to this man Credit: British Transport Police

The man did not have a valid ticket and when he left the train he began banging on the windows and continued threatening the train manager as the service left the station. The man is described as a white man in his thirties and was travelling with a Doberman-type dog.

BTP have now issued a photograph of a man they would like to speak to who may have information which could help the investigation.

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