VIDEO: Investigation launched after Arlesey railway vandals’ £50,000 damage

Two of the men police want to speak to in connection with the incidents

Two of the men police want to speak to in connection with the incidents - Credit: Archant

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into a spate of attacks on train ticket vending machines across the east, including at a station in Comet country.

One of the men police want to speak to in connection with the incidents

One of the men police want to speak to in connection with the incidents - Credit: Archant

The vandalism, which British Transport Police is investigating, has resulted in more than £50,000 pounds worth of damage.

Arlesey was one of the stations targeted, with the vandals striking on Friday, October 26 of last year, causing £900 pounds worth of damage in the process.

The machine was also out of order for the majority of the next day, affecting commuters heading towards London King's Cross and Peterborough.

Other stations in Essex, Norfolk, Hampshire and Herts were also targeted.

DC 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.

"We believe this gang is responsible for all six attacks, which have caused an astonishing £50,000 pounds of damage to train operating companies' property."

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Although no CCTV footage from the Arlesey attack was distinguishable, police did obtain images from Welwyn North, which can be seen here.

Police want to speak to three men in the shots in connection with the incidents.

"Not only was the damage extremely costly to the railway, the actions made machines unusable, causing passengers immense inconvenience and frustration," added DC Thompson.

"I'd urge anyone who recognises the men, or who has any information about the incidents, to contact us as soon as possible."

Those with information can call BTP on 0800 405040 quoting background reference B9/LNA of 09/01/2013, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.