Police probe ‘abhorrent’ attack on rail service

BRITISH Transport Police is appealing for information following an “abhorrent” attack on a Sheffield to Scarborough train service.

A plastic bag filled with stones and waste was suspended from a cord which had been stretched across the railway line approximately half a mile from Skerne Road in Driffield, on Saturday July 23 at about 7.50pm.

PC Gary Shepherd, who is investigating the incident, said: “This is absolutely abhorrent behaviour. Fortunately no-one was injured, but as you can imagine the driver was extremely shocked. The train had to be taken out of service to be cleaned. I have no idea what would possess someone to do such a disgraceful thing.”

Officers are now stepping up patrols in the area and would ask for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B7/NEA of 04/08/2011, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.