Vandals caused rail delays

A TRESPASSER on a railway line caused lengthy delays after tampering with equipment in Retford.

British Transport Police (BTP) said a railway signal point was attacked by a rail line causing a three and a half hour delay last month.

Officers are now appealing for information to the incident which took place around 11.25pm on Saturday 11th December.

“We believe individuals trespassed onto the line, ripped off a lid on the track and tampered with the rail equipment, causing damage to the equipment and serious delays,” said Sergeant Mick Dawes, one of BTP’s investigating officers.

“We are conducting local enquiries into this incident, and are calling for anyone with any information to get in touch.”

“As part of our investigation I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or was in the area at the time and saw anyone acting suspiciously.”

Kevin Preece, area general manager for Network Rail, said: “Because of the time of day that this attack on our systems was committed only four services were disrupted but the passengers on board those trains suffered significant, unnecessary delay.”

“This is clearly unacceptable and I would ask anyone with any information to contact police.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 697 of 11/12/10 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.