NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015.
Shotton railway station ticket office has been closed since the weekend following what Arriva trains describe as “serious vandalism”
Details of the exact damage aren’t clear but from images Deeside.com has taken it appears the automatic doors have been smashed, no other damage could be seen within the ticket office.
Arriva Trains Wales website says:
‘Following an incident of serious vandalism over the weekend, the resultant damage has forced the temporary closure of both the Ticket Office and the Waiting Room. Repairs are scheduled to be completed late on Wednesday 29 July.
Whilst the Ticket Office staff will be in attendance, ticket sales will not be available due to cash security issues.
All tickets should be purchased from either of the TVM’s (ticket machines)
A British Transport Police spokesman said:
“Our officers were alerted to Shotton rail station to reports of vandalism.
The report came into police on Monday, 27 July, shortly before 8am.
Officers are currently investigating and viewing CCTV footage after the a door to the ticket office was smashed.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text on 61016 quoting reference number 68 of 27/07/15.
In separate incident on Saturday a man threw a chair through the bay window of neighbouring Weatherspoons pub, the Central Hotel.
The pub was forced to close for a few hours following the incident while staff cleaned up the broken glass, the incident happened at around 1.30pm on Saturday.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.
Sgt Bethan Pritchard, of North Wales Police;
“A male entered Wetherspoon’s at about 1.30pm on Saturday,
“He spent about half-an-hour drinking in the pub, before becoming unpleasant and being asked to leave.
“He took offence at being asked to leave and started throwing a number of items around.
“He then threw a chair through the bay window into the restaurant area.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting the crime reference number RC15111204.