ASLEF backs £10K vandal reward

22 March 2010

ASLEF has welcomed the offer of a £10,000 reward for information about vandals who attacked three trains at the end of last week. Network Rail and CrossCountry have put up the money to help track down vandals who put concrete blocks, tyres, wooden pallets and sandbags on the tracks near Wilnecote station in Tamworth, Staffordshire, last Thursday and Friday. ‘The persons who did this are not just vandals – they are potential killers,’ says ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman.

‘It is only good fortune that means there were no fatalities last week. These irresponsible thugs need to be hunted down. As it is one of our train drivers suffered from shock. It could have been so much worse.’

The first incident happened at around 2330 on Thursday, when a Nottingham-to-Birmingham passenger service struck debris, forcing the train to be taken out of service. Two other trains, one travelling at more than 100mph, also hit debris on the same stretch of line early on Saturday morning.

‘Trespassing on the line and vandalising the track are criminal acts. There are no excuses. These people have sick minds. They must be stopped.’

Keith welcomed the proposed rewards and urged anyone with information to contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

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