Police seek yobs who hurled stones at passing train near Peterlee

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POLICE are appealing for information after a train’s window was smashed by a stone thrown from a viaduct in Horden.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers say the incident happened just before 5.30pm as the 4.16pm Nunthorpe to Carlisle service was travelling across the Horden Viaduct yesterday, on Monday, September 1.

The outer glass of one of the train’s windows was smashed by one of a number of stones which was hurled at the carriages.

officers are now keen to find those responsible.

PC Steve Maddison from the BTP said: “Stones were thrown at the train, one of which smashed the outer glass of one of the train’s windows.

“Fortunately no-one was injured and the train managed to continue to Newcastle where it was taken out of service to be fixed.

“The passengers on board were transferred to another service to complete their journeys to Carlisle.”

PC Maddison said: “We are keen to find those responsible.

“Fortunately on this occasion, no one was injured as a result, however the consequences could have been far worse.

“This was an extremely foolish and dangerous act, which put the driver and passengers on the train in danger.

“It inconvenienced passengers on board whose journeys were delayed following this incident, and cost the train operator time and money to fix the smashed window.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have been in the Horden Viaduct area last night at the time, and who may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by calling (0800) 405040 or texting 61016 quoting PSUB/B6 of 2/9/2014.

Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on (0800) 555111.