A TRAIN was damaged after a large stone was thrown at it.

The driver's cab window of a passenger train was damaged last Saturday (June 4).

The incident took place at around 8.35pm and the train was the Northern 8:22pm Oxenholme to Windermere service. The stone was thrown from a nearby bridge.


PC Adam Heslop, investigating, said: "The stone, which we suspect came from a nearby riverbed, smashed the outer skin of the front driver’s cab window. The train was travelling at 50mph and the stone was just millimetres from smashing through the inner glass which would have hit the driver, causing serious injury.

"Acts like this are criminal and dangerous and we are asking for the public’s help to trace those responsible. If you have any information please contact us.

"As a result of this reckless act, the train had to be cancelled; passengers were stranded at Windermere and many others were stuck at Lancaster from 7pm, with some not getting home until 1am.

"Add to this the cost of replacing the window, which is estimated to be around £4,000 due to it being specialist glass, and you get some idea of the consequences of such a stupid and dangerous act."

If you have any information which could help the investigation, please contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or text 61016, quoting reference 170 of 7/6.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.