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Driver injured by brick thrown at window of moving Northern train

"This was a shocking incident that could have had fatal consequences."

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th February 2022

Northern has confirmed that one of its drivers has been injured by a brick thrown at the window of a moving train.

The rail operator said the incident happened as the train travelled towards Clifton in Swinton on Friday 4 February at around 10pm, and smashed the windscreen in the process, which caused shards of glass to hit the driver in the face.   

The driver was taken to hospital following the incident, but is now recovering at home.  

Northern is now urging people to “stop taking risks on the railway”, and is offering a £1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction.

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Speaking on the aftermath of the incident, Chris Jackson – Regional Director at Northern – said: “It’s hard to believe that anyone would put the safety of others at risk by such reckless behaviour [and] the consequences of a brick hitting a fast-moving train are potentially devastating.

“This was a shocking incident that could have had fatal consequences.”

As well as Northern stepping in to help appeal for further information, it’s also been confirmed that a British Transport Police (BTP) investigation is underway.

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“Officers are currently investigating,” Mr Jackson added.

“I am appealing to anyone with information about either incident to come forward, someone will know who did this and we need to find them before they do something similar which may have far worse consequences.”

Anyone with information can contact the British Transport Police by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

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Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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