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2000-07-14 VIR-001
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Campaign against railway vandalism

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Campaign against railway vandalism

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14 July 2000
source Virgin Trains
type Press release

A London-Birmingham express train was stopped by vandals at Willenhall, near Coventry yesterday evening (June 13th). The train was then stoned by a gang causing broken windows and trauma to passengers. When the driver attempted to clear the line he too was heavily stoned by the same gang.

Chris Green, Chief Executive Virgin Trains, said today “I praise the courage of the Wolverhampton driver in clearing the line whilst ‘under fire’ from the vandals.” He called for community support to stamp out this mindless targeting of trains before innocent people were injured”.

He also called for Railtrack and the British Transport Police to raise their game in the known trouble spots at Willenhall (Coventry) and Stechford-Adderley Park (Birmingham) to end the problem once and for all.

Virgin Trains have proposed a tough action plan which would include:

§ An appeal for anonymous tip-offs to the local police whenever vandalism is suspected near the railway with £1,000 rewards for successful arrests and convictions.

§ Known sites to be ‘staked out’ immediately in joint campaigns with the British Transport Police and local Police forces to catch the vandals red-handed.

§ An immediate campaign to remove all foliage and other cover in the known black spots.

§ An immediate campaign to increase anti-vandal protection at problem bridges and lineside locations.

§ Concealed cameras to catch and arrest vandals red-handed.

“The gang-stoning of trains is terrifying for passengers,” said Chris Green, “and we must look to our police forces, both British Transport Police and the local police to stamp out this lawless behaviour this summer before people get seriously injured”.

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