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Police appeal after debris left on train tracks

Debris found on railway lines Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police are appealing for information after several trains in South Devon have crashed into objects deliberately placed on the railway line.

Debris found on railway lines Credit: British Transport Police

In the last month, concrete lids, metal road signs and cones have been put on the line near Newton St Cyres. The incidents have led to several delays.

Some time in the early hours of Tuesday, 5 May, four concrete troughing lids were deliberately placed on the line close to Newton St Cyres station.

We believe these were deliberate acts, and again the objects were hit by trains. Fortunately nobody was hurt in any of the incidents, but clearly the actions of those who are doing this are reckless. They have endangered the safety of everyone on board the trains which struck the objects, and are risking their own safety by trespassing. We are working hard with the local community to find those responsible. I would urge anyone with information to get in contact.

– Sergeant David Mannion, British Transport Police

Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.