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Witnesses sought after tram derails

Published Tuesday 7th July 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after a tram derailed in Chorlton. At 11.45pm on Friday 3 July 2015, police were called to St Werburghs Road Metrolink Station, following a report that a group of people had been throwing stones at a tram.

Officers attended but the group had left the area. Enquiries are on-going to trace the individuals responsible.

A short time later, police received a report that a different tram had derailed near to the station at St Werburghs Road. No one was injured during this incident.

Officers attended and an investigation is now being carried out to establish if the derailment is linked to the earlier incident of disorder.

Inspector Paul Kinrade said: “The Police are working closely with the Metrolink Operators to investigate both incidents. It is possible the derailment was due to a deliberate act which could have resulted in much more serious consequences.

“We are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the earlier incident to come forward and give an account to our officers. In particular we are interested in speaking to all the passengers who were on the tram at the time of the incident.

“If you were on the tram that was attacked with the stones, or perhaps on the platform at the time, please contact police.”

Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director at TfGM, said: "On Friday night two trams were damaged by mindless vandals, whose inexcusable behaviour put passengers and Metrolink staff in danger.

“We have been working very closely with the police since this happened and I would encourage anyone who has information about those responsible to share what they know with them.

“I want to take the opportunity to reassure all passengers that Metrolink is an extremely safe way to travel.

“The vast majority of the 31 million journeys taken last year were completed without any incident and such scenes as were witnessed on Friday are very, very rare.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4973 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.