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Chainsaw vandals cause train to emergency stop - BTP seek help finding these men

Chainsaw 'vandals' force train to make emergency stop at Shirley station

British Transport Police hunting two men seen cutting down trees near railway tracks

 

Transport cops are hunting two men who forced a train into an emergency stop near Shirley station – after cutting down trees next to the railway line.

British Transport Police (BTP) has now released images of the chainsaw-carrying pair, photographed by the driver of the 11.10am service between Stratford-upon-Avon to Stourbridge Junction.

The driver was forced to activate the emergency brake when he spotted the men on the approach to Shirley station on Monday, May 11.

Incredibly, they continued to saw down the trees after the train had come to a stop, but left the scene before police arrived.

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Sergeant Andy Roberts, from BTP, said: “The men were using chainsaws to cut down the trees and wearing noise-cancelling ear protectors making it impossible for them to hear oncoming trains.

“They had no authority to be on the line, and were clearly risking their lives and the lives of everyone on the train which was forced to stop.”

Officers have spoken to people in the area and contacted local businesses, but are continuing to make enquiries to establish who the men are.

Sgt Roberts added: “I cannot stress enough just how dangerous the actions of these men were.

“Fortunately for them, the train driver acted quickly to bring the train to a halt. Had he not done so, we could have been dealing with a very serious incident indeed.

“Trespass and obstruction of the railway is a serious matter. We need to find the men involved, please tell us who they are.”

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two trees have been axed down by vandals in Farm Park in Sparkbrook.
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Meanwhile, West Midlands Police are still hunting an axeman who chopped down trees in Birmingham parks last month.

The Mail revealed that Edgbaston’s Cannon Hill Park was targeted, with four beautiful blossoming cherry trees hacked on May 5. It then emerged that Farm Park, a little over two miles away in Sparkbrook, also saw six trees attacked on the same night.

Another incident happened next to the River Cole where it goes underneath Grand Union Canal in Small Heath, which is close to Ackers ski centre.

A city park ranger also revealed that another attack had been spotted on May 20 in Blackberry Way, Sparkhill.

It has emerged that officers arrested a 25-year-old man on May 8, but he has since been released without charge.

West Midlands Police said anybody with information can call officers on 101.

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