11:31am Friday 14th March 2014
THESE are CCTV images of a “senseless” cyclist who was seen walking along the train tracks at Caerphilly, causing more than 14 hours of delays to services.
British Transport Police (BTP) would like to speak to the cyclist following the incident, which was reported to police at 6.42am on Wednesday, March 12.
Trains were initially placed on caution before a full stop was put on the line while officers carried out a search of the area, but to no avail.
But after speaking to rail staff and checking CCTV, officers have now isolated images of the man, who was seen to cycle off the end of the platform at Caerphilly railway station before walking along the track and into the Caerphilly tunnel.
PC Morgan Andrews, who is investigating the incident, said: "I am genuinely shocked to see that, despite our constant warnings, some people are still willing to risk their lives by trespassing on the tracks.
“This was absolutely senseless behaviour and I cannot overstate just how dangerous it is.
“Luckily, on this occasion, no one was injured, but the scenario could easily have been different.
“Train drivers will not be expecting anyone other than railway workers to be on the line, and by the time they see someone trespassing, it could be too late.”
When the railway hears reports of trespassers, all services in that area are forced to slow down or stop, which has the knock-on effect of delaying subsequent trains – often right across the network. Tuesday’s incident resulted in 868 minutes of delays, according to BTP.
PC Andrews added: “I am now asking for the public’s help to identify this person and would urge anyone who has any information in relation to this incident to come forward.
“Trespass may not sound like a serious offence but, in the unforgiving environment of the railway, it can be fatal.
“We do not want to tell any mother or father, husband or wife, that their loved ones will not be coming home. My message is simple - stay safe and stay off the tracks.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting background reference WCA/B2 of 14/03/2014. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
© Copyright 2001-2015 Newsquest Media Group