1. ITV Report

£20,000 worth damage caused with digger in Rotherham

Officers investigating serious damage caused to a digger, railway fencing and railway sidings are appealing for information.

Credit: British Transport Police

Between approximately 9pm on 9 April and 5am on 10 April, someone gained access to the railway in Catcliffe, Rotherham, near to the M1 motorway.

Credit: British Transport Police

The intruder(s) then managed to start a digger and trashed a number of railway fencing panels and railway sidings.

The intruder then set fire to the digger causing significant damage.

Credit: British Transport Police

Officers are today appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious.

PC Roy Percival from British Transport Police, said:

This reckless behaviour caused a serious amount of damage and has cost thousands in repair bills. Quite frankly, I am outraged that someone went to such extensive effort to cause damage, which could have ended in far serious circumstances. “I am very keen to hear from anyone who was in the Catcliffe area of Rotherham during the evening of 9 April who saw someone acting suspiciously. Particularly, if you saw anyone acting suspiciously near to the railway at this time.”

– PC Roy Percival
  • Anyone with information can contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 1900029936. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.