VANDALS put passengers at risk after throwing a bike onto the railway tracks near to Marston Green Station.
Officers are appealing for information after a train on its way to Birmingham city centre collided with the bicycle on Monday evening. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident, although the train sustained some damage and had to be taken out of service.
British Transport Police were alerted at around 7.12pm on Tuesday. The organisation received reports that the 17.26 Northampton to Birmingham New Street had struck the bicycle as it passed beneath the Mackadown Lane bridge. Detectives who are investigating the incident believe that someone had thrown the bike off the bridge and onto the lines below.
Det Con Tim Friend, from the British Transport Police, said: “This was a reckless act of vandalism. Luckily no-one was injured but I cannot emphasise strongly enough the dangers associated with this type of crime and we are working to identify those responsible.
“I encourage anyone who was in or around the area on Monday night to contact BTP if they saw anything suspicious or have any information that may help us with our inquiries to come forward.”
Last summer, local police stepped up their presence in Marston Green after a spate of anti social behaviour. Bickenhill Parish Council had called for action after plants were damaged, graffiti increased and joyriders wreaked havoc in nearby fields.
Anyone with any information about Monday’s incident is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number 447 of 12/01/2009, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.