Police appeal over teens’ train abuse

BRITISH Transport Police is appealing for witnesses after three teenagers abused passengers and staff on a train.

The incident took place around 11pm on Friday March 18 on a train travelling from Walsden to Todmorden.

The group of three teenagers boarded at Walsden and began to abuse passengers also travelling on the service.

When the train conductor was informed, he stepped in to intervene and a torrent of threatening verbal abuse was directed at him.

As the group left the service at Todmorden, they threw a beer can at the conductor.

PC Andy Jones said: “This was an intimidating incident for both the passengers onboard and train conductor.

“Although incidents such as this are rare on the rail network, officers are taking this very seriously. Passengers and staff have the right to travel home and go about their job safely without the threat of violence from abusive youths.”

The youths were described as aged between 16 and 17 years old with dark hair and of slim build. One was carrying a keg of beer and may have stood out on a late night train.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting background reference B3/NEA of 14/04/2011, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.