Air rifle fired at train travelling in Normanton

An investigation is under way after an air rifle was fired at a train smashing its windscreen as it travelled through Normanton in West Yorkshire.

British Transport Police (BTP) said no one was injured but the incident could have been "very serious".

Several shots were fired at the 1706 BST Sheffield to Leeds service as it passed under Newland Lane bridge near Normanton station on 31 December.

BTP want to speak to three youths seen on the bridge at around that time.

PC Alan Dean said: "Several shots were fired from the air rifle causing the cab driver's outer window skin to smash.

"Luckily no one was injured, but this could have been very serious.

"This sort of behaviour is extremely dangerous and this offence could have easily resulted in serious injury to the driver, not just considerable damage to the train."

Witnesses or anyone with information are being asked to contact BTP or Crimestoppers.

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