A TRAIN was badly damaged when it was brought to a standstill after hitting boulders deliberately hurled on to the track by vandals.
British Transport Police are appealing for information about the incident in Horsforth on Monday, April 18.
The 6.09pm Horsforth to Leeds train struck the three foot wide large stones just after 6.30pm.
PC Tony Greenwood said: “It is believed the stones were deliberately pushed from a footbridge on to tracks. The impact of the train striking the stones caused severe damage to the underside of the train, forcing the driver to stop.
“After hitting the obstruction, the train was brought to a standstill and had to be taken out of service causing delays and disruption.”
PC Greenwood added: “It would take more than one person to push stones this size off a bridge. A group of eight youths were seen in the area at the time. We appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact police as a matter of urgency.” Call Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B8/NEA of 03/05/2011.