Reckless act of vandalism could have caused train near Plymouth to derail according to police
A "RECKLESS act of vandalism" could have led to a train derailing, says the British Transport Police.
Officers said vandals could have derailed the train after stones were jammed into track points on a freight line in Liskeard.
The driver of an approaching freight train saw the points were not set as they should be and managed to stop the train in time.
The incident happened at about 11am on Thursday, March 7, at Moorswater near Liskeard in South East Cornwall.
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The train involved was a 6.35am Westbury to Moorswater cement train.
Detective Constable Dave Bailey said: "Fortunately, the driver was travelling at low speed, spotted the danger and was able to stop his train.
"This irresponsible act could easily have caused a train to derail.
"This was a reckless act of vandalism and I would appeal to anyone with information which could assist us in finding those responsible to contact us."
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on freephone 0800 405040.