Passenger hit by thrown stone

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A STARK warning has been issued to culprits throwing stones at trains after a Croft man was injured when a window smashed.

Around 2.55pm on Thursday, January 12, a rock was thrown at a Nottingham to Skegness service as it passed through the Ancaster area, breaking straight through the window, and hitting a passenger on board.

An ambulance was called however the victim, a man from Croft, continued with his journey but he was left with a lump and reddening to his head.

Again on Monday, January 16, a concrete slab, about 20cm in length, was thrown at a passing train at Honington level crossing at 7.45pm.

Although the slab didn’t hit any passengers, the window smashed, covering a passenger in glass.

Insp Graham Bridges, of the British Transport Police, said: “These types of incidents are very serious and can cause not only damage to trains but injuries to passengers.

“Luckily no-one here was seriously injured.

“We’ve made a number of local enquiries into the incidents including visiting many of the local residents, arranging school visits highlighting the dangers of throwing objects at trains and we will be stepping up patrols in the area to catch and deter these vandals.

“I would warn students in the area who think playing near the railway is fun that they are not only risking their lives, but also a criminal record.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious, or if any parents or adults noticed their children acting strangely, then please come forward.

“Parents and adults must also take responsibility – especially during school holidays – to emphasise the dangers to your children.

“If you live near the railway, ask yourself if you know where your children are playing or hanging around.”

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident reference B15/NEA of 18/01/2012. Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.