Van­dals hurl ob­jects into a mov­ing train

Po­lice hunt for yobs af­ter at­tack near sta­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A PO­LICE in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched af­ter a brick was thrown at a train near Hayes and Har­ling­ton Sta­tion smash­ing a win­dow and caus­ing the train to be can­celled.

The win­dow was smashed af­ter an ob­ject was thrown at the train from an em­bank­ment, smash­ing one of the pas­sen­ger win­dows on Tues­day last week.

A wit­ness said mul­ti­ple ob­jects were hurled at the train and one went through an open win­dow, nar­rowly miss­ing a pas­sen­ger.

Luck­ily no in­juries were re­ported.

Po­lice con­sta­ble Joseph Scur­lock with the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) at Padding­ton said: “Throw­ing ob­jects at trains is an un­be­liev­ably dan­ger­ous and stupid thing to do.

“Trains along this path travel at high speeds so there is real po­ten­tial for some­one to re­ceive se­ri­ous or fa­tal in­juries as a re­sult.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 4.40pm near Hayes sta­tion to the 4.12pm ser­vice from Lon­don Padding­ton.

Trains were de­layed and ma­jor dis­rup­tion was caused be­cause of the at­tack on the train.

The wit­ness told our getwest­lon­don web­site: “Some young van­dals threw sev­eral ob­jects in­clud­ing a brick at the train on its ap­proach to Hayes and Har­ling­ton sta­tion, hit­ting sev­eral car­riages, smash­ing at least one win­dow at the front of a train and re­sult­ing in part of one of the mis­siles get­ting through an open win­dow (given the heat) and nar­rowly miss­ing a pas­sen­ger at the rear of the train.”

She added: “The train had to be taken out of ser­vice, fur­ther train can­cel­la­tions and caus­ing ma­jor dis­rup­tion to hun­dreds of com­muter jour­neys on one of the hottest days of the year.”

Po­lice car­ried out a search of the area but were un­able to find the sus­pects.

PC Scur­lock added: “It is im­por­tant the per­son re­spon­si­ble is iden­ti­fied, there­fore I would en­cour­age any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion to con­tact us as soon as pos­si­ble, so events like this are not re­peated.”

Call BTP on 0800504050 and quote ref­er­ence 378 of 23/08/2016 if you can help.

n MIS­SILES: The van­dals hurled ob­jects as the train ap­proached Hayes and Har­ling­ton Sta­tion on Tues­day last week

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