British Transport Police officers are hunting the person or people responsible after a train smashed into a wheelie bin which they believe was deliberately put on the tracks in Syston.
The incident happened on Tuesday (January 6) at around 8pm as the Cross Country service from Stansted to Birmingham approached Syston Junction East, adjacent to High Street.
Sergeant Mark Rushin said: “The train struck the bin which had been placed in the middle of the tracks causing a loud bang. The driver performed an emergency stop and climbed out to check the train. Luckily it hadn’t sustained any serious damage from the collision.
“The train and passengers were slightly delayed but fortunately no-one was injured. However the consequences of what could have happened as a result of this reckless and dangerous behaviour are unthinkable.”
After the incident officers carried out a search of the line and found debris of a plastic wheelie bin which has been sent off for forensic testing.
Sgt Rushin added: “We believe this was a deliberate act and that those responsible must have gone to some effort to get the bin onto the tracks. It’s vital that we find the person or people responsible. I’m appealing to the local community to get in touch if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or if they have information which they think could prove useful.”
Call officers on 0800 450 40, or text 61016, quoting reference MSUB/B4 of 08/01/2015.