Do you know this nuisance? Police appeal for Mossley train menace who pulled emergency cord

By Rob Lowson

A repeatedly nuisance train passenger who delayed a journey by almost half an hour after stupidly pulling an emergency cord in Manchester is being hunted by transport officers.

British Transport Polive believe the man has key information about the incident, which took place on the afternoon of September 27 and caused disruption on a Manchester Airport to Newcastle Central service.

PC Lindsey Lightfoot, one of the BTP investigators involved, said a man who boarded the train at Manchester Piccadilly pulled the emergency cord when the train was at Stalybridge, causing a delay while the guard reset the alarm.

Once the service resumed, the same man threatened to pull the cord for a second time, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop at Mossley where he left the train with a female companion.

PC Lightfoot said: “The man’s behaviour was utterly irresponsible, causing 28 minutes of delays to services by pulling the cord which is intended for use in genuine emergencies.”

Billy Vickers, Police Liaison Officer for First TransPennine Express, explained that the network’s trains were fitted with the emergency stop cords to ensure the safety and security of all its passengers, and said its misuse was highly irresponsible and inconsiderate to both customers and staff.

He said: “First TransPennine Express will always treat safety as our number one priority and will pursue those whose behaviour and actions jeopardises such.

“We are pleased therefore that the British Transport Police are pursuing the individual responsible.”

Since the incident, BTP detectives have made numerous lines of enquiry and by using CCTV footage from onboard the train have identified the man they would like to speak to.

A spokesperson for the BTP said: “Officers are still working to make enquiries and we would still appeal for witnesses if anyone was there and saw it.

“We just want to speak to the man and get his account of what exactly the circumstances were.”

PC Lightfoot said: “If you know the man pictured, or his whereabouts, I would urge you to get in touch.”

In a similar case involving a First TransPennine Express service in August, a Middlesbrough man was found guilty of malicious obstruction when he pulled the emergency cord of a train just outside of York.

The man was fined and received a conditional discharge for 12 months. The cost to the train operator was estimated to be over £3000.

Anyone with information should contact the BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting ref B7/NWA, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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