Vandals blamed for Manchester tram derailment

Vandals damaged points at Metrolink in Chorlton causing tram derailment

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Police release CCTV image of tram attack suspects

Credit: GMP

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.

Tram derailment at St Werburgh's station Credit: ITV News

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.

"We are working closely with the Metrolink Operators to investigate exactly what has happened here and identify those responsible.

“We have released a CCTV still of a group we want to speak to and are asking for anyone who recognises these people, or who may have witnessed the attack but has not yet spoken to police, to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Mark Ledger

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.


Vandals blamed for Manchester tram derailment

Tram derailment St Werburghs Station Credit: ITV Granada

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.

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