Glasgow & West Scotland

Probe after train hits bike on track near Johnstone

An investigation has been launched after a train from Ayr to Glasgow was damaged by a bicycle on the tracks, causing delays to other services.

British Transport Police (BTP) believe the black mountain bike was thrown from a footbridge above the line near Johnstone, Renfrewshire.

Officers were called at about 18:20 on Tuesday after it was struck by a train between Milliken Park and Johnstone.

BTP said throwing items on to tracks was "stupid" and "extremely dangerous".

'Widespread search'

Det Con Jim Duncan, of BTP, said: "We believe the bicycle was thrown onto the line deliberately and it is vitally important that we identify those responsible.

"No-one was injured but that does not change the fact that throwing anything onto the train tracks is not only stupid, but extremely dangerous.

"Officers carried out a widespread search of the area but did not find the culprits."

He said the bicycle was being forensically examined and officers were conducting house-to-house inquiries and looking at CCTV footage in a bid to trace those responsible.

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