British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after a train’s window was smashed by a stone thrown from Horden Viaduct in Peterlee yesterday, Monday, 1 September.
PC Steve Maddison said: “The incident happened just before 5.30pm as the 16.16 Nunthorpe to Carlisle service was travelling across the viaduct. Stones were thrown at the train, one of which smashed the outer glass of one of the train’s windows.
“Fortunately no-one was injured and the train managed to continue to Newcastle where it was taken out of service to be fixed .The passengers on board were transferred to another service to complete their journeys to Carlisle.”
PC Maddison said: “We are keen to find those responsible. Fortunately on this occasion, no one was injured as a result; however the consequences could have been far worse.
“This was an extremely foolish and dangerous act, which put the driver and passengers on the train in danger. It inconvenienced passengers on board whose journeys were delayed following this incident, and cost the train operator time and money to fix the smashed window.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have been in the Horden Viaduct area last night at the time, and who may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016quoting background log PSUB/B6 of 2/9/2014. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111