‘Brainless’ yobs put lives at risk by throwing a 10-metre roll of wallpaper and a scooter on to train tracks in Stoke-on-Trent.
A photo was posted on social media showing the striped blue wallpaper covering the eastbound line close to the Smithpool Road bridge in Fenton between Stoke Station and Longton Station yesterday morning (April 12).
And separate pictures were also published of a child’s metal scooter around 100 yards further down the tracks on the westbound line close to the Lido.
Both incidents – which are believed to be linked – have been reported to the British Transport Police.
While fewer services are running due to the coronavirus lockdown, trains still regularly pass through Fenton.
Residents today condemned the ‘idiots’ responsible for causing the obstructions – even though both would be unlikely to derail a train.
One woman said: “I can’t believe how stupid people can be. Someone has chucked a metal scooter right on the train track. I’m just hoping when the next train comes past it pushes it out the way.”
And another said: “It looks like it has been deliberately placed there.”
While a third added: “They are probably doing this because the tips are shut. What utter idiots.”
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Whoever was responsible for these foolish and dangerous acts put the lives of rail passengers and staff at risk.
“We urge those who think that throwing objects at trains or on to railway lines is fun, or a good way to dispose of their household items, to think about the consequences of their actions, which could result in serious injury or someone being killed.”