Transport police have launched a hunt to find two men who threw a bench onto a North Lincolnshire railway line in what is being described as a 'dangerous incident'.
The incident occurred at around 11pm on Saturday, April 30, when a two-seater wooden garden bench was carried over Froddingham Road footbridge in Scunthorpe and thrown onto the railway lines directly below.
The following morning a passenger train hit the bench causing extensive damage to the undercarriage and the train was subsequently taken out of service for repairs. Fortunately none of the passengers or staff on board were injured.
Investigating officer PC Michelle Pidgen said: “I cannot emphasise enough just how dangerous this act was.
"The consequences could have been so much worse. The people on the train were left shaken by what happened and were fortunate not to have been injured.
“The cost to the rail company for cancelled trains and delays totalled more than £5,500 and the subsequent impact on rail travellers due to train delays as a result of this incident were extensive.”
Officers want to speak to the men in the CCTV images, pictured carrying the bench to the overbridge.
The first man was around 5ft 6ins tall and was wearing a dark, hooded top with dark trousers and shoes.
The second man is approximately 5ft 7 with short, collar length brown hair. He was wearing a light coloured top and trousers with dark coloured shoes.
Anyone with information about the incident can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text the force on 61016 quoting reference 328 of 16/05/16.
Alternatively, information can also be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.