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Police investigating the derailment of a tram in Chorlton have released an image of four people they want to speak to.
The group, which included two women and three men, threw stones through the windows of a stationary tram at St Werburgh’s metrolink station around 11.30 pm on Friday 3rd July.
Passengers on the tram had to lie down on the floor to take cover as a number of the windows smashed. Noone was injured.
All of the passengers were moved onto a second tram and the damaged vehicle was moved out of the station towards Didsbury.
The second tram then moved off from the station, but as it passed through the junction to head towards Manchester airport, it became derailed.
An investigation is being carried out to establish if the derailment is definitively linked to the attack on the tram a short time earlier.
Police have issued descriptions of the five suspects.
One man is described as tanned, having short dark hair that is longer on top, and was wearing a long-sleeved jacket, a white t-shirt, grey bottoms and a small black bag around his neck.
The second is described as black with short dark hair, and wearing a green t-shirt, dark bottoms and a small black bag around his neck.
The third is described as white, with dark hair, and wearing a blue top and dark blue shorts.
One woman is described as white with long brown hair, and wearing a dark blue sleeveless top and blue bottoms.
The second is white with blond hair, wearing a dark top and light blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at West Didsbury police station on 0161 856 4973 or contact the Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director at TfGM, said: "Late last night vandals damaged both a tram and the tracks near the St Werburgh's Road tram stop. This has led to one tram being damaged and another being stuck, blocking the tracks on the Airport and East Didsbury lines.
"Technicians have been on site since first light to start to move the tram and repair the tracks. However, because of the nature of the damage caused, we do not know how long this will take.
"In the meantime, passengers can use their tickets on alternative bus routes and get the latest information from the Metrolink website and Twitter feed.
"I'm disgusted by the behaviour that we saw last night and we will be working with the police to help them with their enquiries.
"I'd like to apologise to our passengers for the disruption caused by the vandalism, and reassure them that we are working as fast as we can to get all services running again."
Vandals are being blamed for a tram derailment overnight in Chorlton.
Metrolink say points were damaged at St Werburghs Road station, but the tram was going at a 'walking pace' when it came off the tracks.
There are no reports of any injuries to passengers.
Services are currently suspended between East Didsbury and Deansgate Castlefield and Cornbrook and Manchester Airport.
Engineers were at the station at first light and are working to repair the tram and damaged points.
The line is suspended until further notice and there is no estimate yet when services will start again.