Vandals 'trapped' train passengers after throwing light fixing onto Hampshire railway line

PASSENGERS were held up after ‘mindless’ vandals threw a metal light case onto a railway line.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 5:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 5:46 pm

British Transport Police has launched an investigation after the lamp case – believed to be an external spotlight – was launched onto the railway line on Sunday, June 7 near St Deny’s Station, just outside Southampton.

Just after 5.30pm, it was hit by a train, causing damage to the train’s shoegear which supplies power to the train, but could have caused a much more serious incident.

The issue then delayed 22 subsequent trains for almost nine and a half hours.

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Delays continued for nine and a half hours. Picture: Network Rail

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Mark Killick, route director at Network Rail Wessex, said: ‘This reckless act caused delays to passengers – many of whom are critical workers – and damage to the railway and train.

‘Fortunately, no one was injured.

‘I would urge anyone with information to come forward and contact the British Transport Police.’

Network Rail and British Transport Police will be working closely to ensure justice is carried out on those responsible.

Inspector Andy Jackson said: ‘This is a mindless act of vandalism by the persons involved, resulting in damage to the tracks and the train and passengers being trapped on trains.

‘Obstructing a train by either throwing or placing objects on the line is a very serious offence carrying a maximum of two years in prison. We’ll review CCTV of the incident and will actively pursue those responsible to ensure they are held accountable for their actions.’

Anyone with information is asked to call BTP on 0800 405040, quoting incident number 281 of 07/06/20.

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