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Network Rail has reported that debris thrown onto the tracks in Southampton caused damage to a train and delayed passengers.
The metal light case was thrown onto the electrified tracks on Sunday 7th June.
The incident has been reported to the British Transport Police.
A South Western Railway train hit an object on the line in the St Denys area at 1735.
When the train hit the lamp casing it caused the trains shoegear which supplies power to the train to be damaged. This went on to delay 22 other trains for around 9.5 hours.
Credit: Network Rail
British Transport Police are investigating the incident which was captured on CCTV.
If you have any information about the debris being thrown on to the track near Southampton, you can contact BTP through the 61016 text service or freephone 0800 405040 quoting incident reference 281 of 07/06/20.
Mark Killick, route director at Network Rail Wessex, said: “This reckless act caused delays to passengers – many of whom are critical workers – and damage to the railway and train. Fortunately, no one was injured.
“I would urge anyone with information to come forward and contact the British Transport Police.”
Inspector Andy Jackson from the British Transport Police who is embedded on the Wessex route, said: “This is a mindless act of vandalism by the persons involved, resulting in damage to the tracks and the train and passengers being trapped on trains.
“Obstructing a train by either throwing or placing objects on the line is a very serious offence carrying a maximum of two years in prison. We’ll review CCTV of the incident and will actively pursue those responsible to ensure they are held accountable for their actions.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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