Posted: Mon 18th May 2015

Rail Police release CCTV images of offenders they are hunting after incidents in Deeside and Flint

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, May 18th, 2015

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to in connection with three separate incidents on the rail network in North Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Investigators are appealing to the public to come forward to help identify those pictured. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Dai Davies, British Transport Police’s Sector Inspector for North Wales, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The officers investigating these cases have followed a number of extensive enquiries in order to identify those responsible, including circulating images on police intelligence systems, speaking to witnesses and members of rail staff, but to no avail so far. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We are, therefore, now asking for members of the public to come forward and help officers identify these individuals, who we believe will have information which can assist the ongoing investigations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“If you know any of these people and can tell us who they are, then we want to hear from you.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


Image 1 – Shotton: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officers would like to speak to this man in connection with an incident of criminal damage at Shotton High Level railway station on Sunday, 3 May. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Investigating officer PC John Sharp said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Just after 9.40pm, a man was seen to walk onto the tracks before entering the waiting shelter, where he smashed the screen of the ticket vending machine. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“He then tried to damage the CCTV camera in the shelter before leaving the station. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This was a mindless and irresponsible act of criminal damage; there was seemingly no reason whatsoever for the attack. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I believe the man pictured – who arrived at the station on a dark mountain bike – may have vital information about the damage, and I would call on anyone who recognises him to come forward.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Images 2a, 2b Shotton: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Police are seeking to identify these two men after an incident on Monday, 6 April, where a train guard was threatened between Flint and Shotton. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

PC John Sharp said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Two men who boarded the service at Flint were asked to leave the train shortly after because they did not have a ticket and refused to buy one. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“They both refused to leave the train and became aggressive with the train guard, verbally abusing and threatening him to the point where he feared for his safety. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This was a totally unprovoked attack on a member of staff simply doing their job. Fortunately it did not escalate into physical violence, but it was still an intimidating incident for the victim. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We are keen to speak to the two men pictured, as we believe they may be able to assist us with this ongoing investigation.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Images 3a, 3b – Colwyn Bay/Flint: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Investigating officers are appealing for help in identifying this man, who they would like to speak to after a suitcase was stolen from a train near Colwyn Bay. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

PC Jonathan Wiggett said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The victim boarded the train at London with a large wheeled suitcase and placed it in the luggage compartment at the end of the carriage. However, when he arrived at Colwyn Bay, he discovered his luggage was missing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Following extensive enquiries, I am now in a position to release images of a person we would like to identify and speak to. This person was seen to get off a train at Flint and we believe he may have key information that could assist us.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The value of the case and its contents is approximately £1,300. The incident took place onTuesday, 10 March. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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If you recognise anyone pictured in the CCTV images, call British Transport Police on Freefone0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference WSUB/B7 of 18/05/2015 and the image number(s) attached to the relevant photograph(s). Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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