First Great Western train driver injured as window hit

Bridge in East Grimstead
Image caption It is thought the object was thrown from Grimstead Road bridge.

A train driver suffered facial injuries after his train was hit on the Hampshire-Wiltshire border on Monday.

First Great Western confirmed its Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central service was struck from a bridge in East Grimstead at 17:30 BST.

A doctor onboard treated the driver for cuts and bruises after what was believed to be a brick shattered the glass in his cab.

Police are hunting for three youths the driver saw on the bridge.

None of the passengers was injured.

'Dangerous act'

Officers attended the area, close to Holy Trinity Church, and carried out searches of the scene.

Det Con Trevor Wilson said: "This was an incredibly irresponsible and dangerous act.

"It is beyond belief that anyone could throw objects at moving trains and we need to trace those responsible before their actions result in serious harm to rail staff or passengers."

The train was helped into Salisbury by South West Trains staff after it was suspended for an hour.

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