Stone-throwing yobs target trains

Gavin Jagger is pictured with wife April and daughters Jasmine and Amber. Photo by John Crossland.
Gavin Jagger is pictured with wife April and daughters Jasmine and Amber. Photo by John Crossland.
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A FATHER-of-two was hit on the head by a large stone when it smashed through the window of the train he was on-board - one of a series of similar incidents near villages to the north of Grantham.

Gavin Jagger, 34, of Skegness, said he was lucky to be alive after being hit on the head by a fist-sized stone hurled at the train as it passed through the Ancaster area on January 12.

He said: “It happened so quickly. Something hard hit me on the side of the head and then there was a rock sat on the table next to me. It had made a clean hole in the window. It could have been so much worse because a family with a little girl was sat opposite me in a table seat.”

A warning has been issued to culprits throwing stones at trains after another incident on Monday, January 16 saw a concrete slab around 20cm in length being thrown at a train at Honington level crossing at 7.45pm.

Although this incident didn’t injure anyone, Insp Graham Bridges of BTP warned that not only do these incidents cause damage but could also injure passengers.

And Lincolnshire Police are hunting offenders who have been throwing objects at cars on the A17 from the bridge at Leadenham.

On January 9 a bottle was thrown at a lorry. The driver reported seeing two people on the bridge before hearing a bang and seeing his vehicle splattered with red liquid.

On previous occasions eggs and stones were thrown, one cracking a lorry windscreen.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “This type of thing could easily lead to a road traffic collision with people being seriously injured or even killed.”

l Do you know the culprits? Call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting B15/NEA.