Police condemn attempt to derail train as 'reckless and extremely stupid act of mindless vandalism'
RAIL police have condemned vandals who tried who derail to trains by placing objects — including a heavy railway sleeper — on tracks, saying they could have caused a catastrophe.
Officers have condemned the “reckless and extremely stupid act of mindless vandalism” near Llangennech, and urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
The items, which also included a metal disabled access ramp and stones, were spotted by a member of the public who raised the alarm around 9pm.
British Transport Police inspector Mark Jones said: “There is no doubt that these items were placed on the railway deliberately, with the running lines obstructed in both directions.
“Thankfully, no one was injured, but the consequences of these actions could have been far more serious.
“It is only by pure luck that no trains went through the area and the obstruction was spotted and removed in time.
“As well as numerous passenger services, freight trains also use this line and operate throughout the night, so the potential for catastrophe was clear.
“This was a reckless and extremely stupid act of mindless vandalism that could so easily have resulted in tragedy.”
Following Friday night’s incident, police have stepped up patrols in the area and PCSOs will be visiting local youth clubs during the half-term break to talk to youngsters about rail safety and the dangers of trespassing on the railway.
Inspector Jones added: “Officers are currently conducting local inquiries into the incident and I would ask anyone with any information that could help our investigation to come forward as a matter of urgency.”
Can you help? Call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting reference number B8/WSA of 28/10/2013 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111