Mystery over ‘bang’
A NOISE like an ‘explosion’ that was reported in the early hours of Boxing Day in Runcorn was rail works say police.
Police received three calls from the public over the bang, said to have occurred at about 3am on Monday.
Residents said they heard it as far away as Frodsham and St Helens,
Sarah Heath, Runcorn Local Policing Unit commander, said officers interviewed witnesses and enquiries established that the sound had been Network Rail carrying out engineering works on the railway line.
Twitter user @PixiesCouture said the bang ‘scared the life out of me’ while @MrsXile tweeted Runcorn police at 3.16am to say ‘just heard a loud explosion towards Runcorn Old Town around 3am’, and @ashlynneCJ contacted the police to say ‘loud bang like an explosion 3am, old town (SIC) area of Runcorn. Was louder than the bangs of bonfire night’.
Many residents remain sceptical that the noise emanated from rail works, with some alleging a ‘cover-up’.
On the Weekly News Facebook page, those casting doubt on the official explanation were Sue Bennison, who said she lives near the railway and went outside when she heard it to find ‘nothing untoward, no lights for track works, no-one was about’.
She added that the boom shook her house.
Graeme Pryce said: “My poor little dog nearly had a coronary. It was well loud.”
Kay Boyle said her son works for Network Rail and knew nothing about it, while Ste Jones said it was ‘way too loud and prolonged to be rail work unless they used TNT to weld the tracks’.
Others made light of the scepticism, with Scott Jakeman joking that he ‘saw a spaceship land with my own eyes – I blame the new bridge’.
Cdr Heath said: “We had three calls in relation to the banging, explosion.
“Officers attended, spoke with witnesses, conducted enquiries and it transpired to be Network Rail undertaking engineering works on the railway line.”
Requests for comment were made to Network Rail by email and by phone.
The firm had not responded at time of writing.