Mys­tery over ‘bang’

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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.

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