Drunk yobs’ train abuse

POLICE are trying to find witnesses who saw drunken yobs abuse passengers before throwing a can of beer at a train conductor as he tried to stop their abuse.

The trio of teenagers boarded a train at Walsden heading towards Todmorden and began abusing passengers on the service.

The train conductor intervened and was rewarded for his efforts with a torrent of verbal abuse unleashed by the group. As they got off at Todmorden they threw a beer can at the conductor.

British Transport Police is now appealing for information and witnesses who saw or were victims of the incident on March 18 which happened around 11pm.

Officers are currently watching CCTV, speaking to the local community and carry ing out visits in the area.

PC Andy Jones said: “This was an intimidating incident for both the passengers on board 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.”

He asked for anyone on the service to come forward and help them with their investigation.

The youths are described as aged between 16 to 17 years old with dark hair and of slim build.

One was carrying a keg of beer and officers say he may have stood out on a late night train.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 and quote reference B3/NEA. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.