Tuesday 11 Mar 2003

£1000 REWARD

Network Rail is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of whoever is responsible for repeatedly vandalising an operational telephone at Moorfarm level crossing, Millom. The operational railway telephone is linked to *** signalbox along ** line and is used in emergencies to warn oncoming trains of any problems with the level crossing. In the past twelve months the telephone has been vandalised six times, with two incidents occurring last weekend (7-9 March). Network Rail’s Level Crossings Manager Tim Clark said: “The phone is there to ensure the safety of both passengers and pedestrians. The individuals who are repeatedly vandalising and disconnecting the telephone need to know that what they are doing could be endangering lives”. The British Transport Police have been made aware of the problem. Local schools will be contacted and supplied with information concerning the dangers of trespass and vandalism on the railways. Anyone with information on the above should contact the British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Both calls are free and callers to Crimestoppers can leave information anonymously if they wish to.

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