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Crackdown on station vandalism
Large sections of cast-iron drainage grating have been ripped from the platform at Brookmans Park station and thrown on the East-Coast Mainline by vandals. A six-foot wooden beam has also been strewn across the line.
Up to now the vandalism has been confined to breaking destination signs, ripping up fences and defacing the station walls, but now the vandals have turned their attention to throwing large objects on the track.
Hertfordshire Police have been notified and they have contacted British Transport Police. Officers are now investigating the incidents and it is thought video footage from the closed-circuit cameras on the station could help piece together important clues in the hunt for the culprits.
The North Mymms Residents Association is urging Railtrack and WAGN to take urgent action to tackle a problem that has been left to deteriorate for the past three years. No effort has been made to repair the station and its facilities despite promises in the customer charter that faults would be tackled within days.
Recently the station was in line for a face-lift but that plan was shelved by Railtrack and taken off the priority list.
July 9, 1999
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