POLICE are appealing for help after a train struck a shopping trolley believed to have been deliberately thrown on a rail line in Mansfield last week.
Officers from the British Transport Police say the train struck the trolley on 1st February close to the footbridge next to Princes Street.
Pc Richard Bailey said: “It’s believed those responsible threw the trolley on to the line sometime between 9.40-10.10pm.
“The Worksop to Nottingham service which struck the trolley wasn’t badly damaged however the removal of the trolley from the track caused unnecessary delays.”
Officers are carrying out house to house visits in the local area and advising residents of the dangers of this type of crime.
Pc Bailey added: “This mindless act of vandalism could have been a lot worse, causing injuries or even worse.
“Although this may seem like fun to those who continue to play, what they don’t realise are the dangerous implications of this.
“Behaviour like this is incredibly risky and can result in dire consequences. The railway is an extremely dangerous environment that should never be considered as somewhere to hang out.”
Richard Pedley, community safety manager for Network Rail, said: “Actions like these are totally reckless. The railway is a potentially dangerous environment for anyone who is not trained to be there.
“Passengers on the train could have been injured and were delayed and inconvenienced through this thoughtless behaviour.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B13/NEA of 09/02/2012 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.