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2:01pm 27th December 2013

Police say it is pure luck nobody was hurt - after a tyre was deliberately put on a Cornish trainline.

A high speed service hit it between Menheniot and Liskeard on Sunday lunchtime.

British Transport Police is branding it "extremely dangerous."

It happened at about 1.20pm when the train travelling towards Penzance hit the large tyre.

Investigating officer DC Dave Bailey said: “The driver of First Great Western’s 0857hrs London Paddington to Penzance service reported striking the lorry tyre which was on the line. He brought the train to a halt and, although the train suffered some damage, he was able to continue after a delay of around 30 minutes.

“Thankfully no-one was injured, but this could have resulted in a much more serious incident. Placing objects on the railway line is an extremely dangerous act and could result in serious consequences.

“It is only through good fortune that no-one was harmed and it is vital that we trace whoever is responsible for this foolish act.”

If you can assist officers, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote incident reference 234 of 22/12/13.

2:01pm 27th December 2013

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