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Friday, April 24, 2009

Vandals throw bricks at Tube trains

On Wednesday night a gang of youths threw bricks and rocks at eleven passing London Underground trains on the Central Line in the Acton area. Fortunately no commuters or staff were hurt, but several windows were smashed with, the affected trains taken out of service as a result.

Central Line by Mark Hillary

British Transport Police (BTP) are investigating the "reckless vandalism", which follows a number of previous attacks on the same line. They said "This was a reckless act of vandalism and I cannot emphasise strongly enough the dangers associated with this type of crime."

John F who gave me the heads up to this story said "I just cannot fathom what goes through someone's mind that they think it's okay to vandalise a moving train as it's passing by them - especially by doing something so dangerous as throwing bricks at it!"

Apparently the attack went on for two hours! I find it amazing that the police weren't on the scene much faster to stop this.

In this case I really have sympathy for the train drivers' union ASLEF. Steve Grant, London district secretary, said: "This was a very serious attack. We could easily have had passengers or staff seriously injured or even killed.

"Security must be stepped up. If not I will order our members to withdraw their services on safety grounds for passengers and their own sakes

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