NORTHERN is offering a £500 reward after a spate of vandalism at Hyde North.
Over two nights many of the facilities at the railway station have been damaged, with waiting shelters smashed, the glass on the front of the ticket machine shattered and the ticket machine itself set on fire.Staff in the area were gearing up for the return of regular services at the station from Monday 26 October but are now facing a large and costly clear-up operation.
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “It’s hard to understand why anyone would want to damage so many facilities that exist to provide a service for local people.
“We are looking forward to the return of regular services at the station, but our customers are now going to be greeted by a station that is far from looking its best.
“We will be working hard throughout the rest of this work to repair as much of the damage as possible, and I am calling on the local community to help us out by being our eyes and ears.”
Chris added: “We’ve reported the vandalism to British Transport Police (BTP) and will do all we can to support their investigation – but I’m sure there are others who could help too.“I’m certain someone will know who is responsible for the damage and I’m calling on them to get in touch with BTP – we’re offering a £500 reward for information that leads to a conviction. The damage will cost thousands of pounds to repair and I want to make sure we all play our part to stop it from happening again.”
Inspector Adam Swallow, of British Transport Police, said: “We are investigating a number of incidents of vandalism and criminal damage at Hyde station.
“BTP takes criminal damage on the rail network extremely seriously and we are increasing high visibility patrols in the area. Blatant vandalism like this makes people fearful of their surroundings and costs the railway industry thousands of pounds to clean up.
“Unfortunately, the costs associated with the clear up and fixing the damage caused is ultimately covered by the fare-paying passenger, which is not acceptable.
“We appeal to anyone with any information about these incidents to come forward and contact us on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.”