Youths sought in train derailment inquiry

FOUR youths who may have crucial information about the derailment of a train at Inverkeilor are being sought by British Transport Police (BTP) officers investigating the incident.

They were in the area around 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. They are described as ranging from 5’00” to 5’6” in height. One was wearing a grey or light coloured hooded top and trousers. No further description is available.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Miller, the officer in charge of the enquiry, said: “The youths were seen walking towards Bryanton House just off the A92. This would have been prior to the bonfire at Inverkeilor the night before the incident occurred. It is important to trace these youths in order to eliminate them from our enquiries.”

BTP is also appealing for anyone who attended the bonfire to come forward if they have not already done so and officers are asking for anyone who took photographs on the evening to get in touch.

The rail industry reward of £25,000 remains on offer for anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for causing the derailment.

During the incident, which occurred around 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 4, the front carriage of the 08.04 CrossCountry Trains service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen came off the tracks but remained upright. None of the 36 passengers or two members of staff on-board the train at the time of the incident was seriously injured.

British Transport Police can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.