October 21 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Police have released CCTV images of men they would like to identify following a series of vandal attacks on ticket machines, including one at Diss.
In total, machines at six stations were attacked, including at Diss, Welwyn North, Arlesey, Hook and Micheldever stations, causing £50,000.
Now the British Transport Police (BTP) has released the CCTV footage of men they would like to identify in connection with the attacks, which took place between October and December.
Det Con Nick Thompson, of BTP’s Area Crime Team, said: “The group of men targeted rail stations in the early hours, with one of them breaking into the machine while others acted as lookouts.”
On October 16, the gang broke into Diss station and caused damage costing nearly £18,500.
Det Con Thompson added: “We believe this gang is responsible for all six attacks, which have caused an astonishing £50,000 of damage to train operating companies’ property.
“Not only was the damage left by these vandals extremely costly to the railway, their actions made machines unusable, causing passengers immense inconvenience and frustration.
“I’d urge anyone who recognises the men, or who has any information about the incidents, to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 405040 quoting background reference B9/LNA of 09/01/2013. Information can also given to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.