Appeal after police car is attacked at Newport train station

Appeal after police car is attacked at Newport train station

APPEAL: The British Transport Police Nissan Pathfinder which was attacked outside Newport train station

APPEAL: British Transport Police want to speak to this man over the attack on their vehicle at Newport train station

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POLICE are appealing for information after over £2,500 of damage was caused to a police car at Newport train station.

The marked British Transport Police car – a Nissan Pathfinder – was parked in a police bay at the city’s rail station when it was targeted in the early hours of Sunday, 12 January.

PC Craig Farrell, who is investigating the incident, said: “At around 12.50am, a man approached the vehicle and picked up a metal crowd control barrier which he used to repeatedly strike the passenger side of the car.

“Once the alarm was activated he ran off, only to return a few moments later and continue the attack.

“The vehicle received extensive damage to the passenger side door and wing mirror, while the rear passenger side window was also smashed. The total cost of the damage has been put at £2,609.

“This was a prolonged attack, lasting almost five minutes, and it was clear that the vehicle was deliberately targeted.

“Enquiries have been ongoing to trace the man and I am now in a position to release a CCTV image of a person we would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

“We are particularly keen to trace this man as we believe he will have information which can assist the investigation.

“Anyone who knows the identity of the man or his current whereabouts is asked to contact BTP.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference WCA/B4 of 03/02/2014. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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1:35pm Mon 3 Feb 14

pwharley says...

It's Newport RAILWAY Station!
It's Newport RAILWAY Station! pwharley
  • Score: 22

1:48pm Mon 3 Feb 14

PontyPeter says...

Indeed, pwharley. The Argus seems incapable of using the correct term.

You catch a bus - at a bus station. (this one is easy and they get it right!)
A plane - at an airport (not a plane station, but they usually get this right)
A train - at a RAILWAY station.

Maybe someone could pin this up on the notice board at the office?
Just for reference.
Indeed, pwharley. The Argus seems incapable of using the correct term. You catch a bus - at a bus station. (this one is easy and they get it right!) A plane - at an airport (not a plane station, but they usually get this right) A train - at a RAILWAY station. Maybe someone could pin this up on the notice board at the office? Just for reference. PontyPeter
  • Score: 28

2:14pm Mon 3 Feb 14

gathin says...

If the "powers that be" insist on the UK being the CCTV capital of the world then why can't a decent system where you can actually see peoples features be adopted?
It's not exactly new technology but I suppose it's only our money being wasted!
2k is not a massive bill considering the damage that the taxpayers will have to fork out. I would have expected the bill to come to 20k knowing the way our "public servants'" minds work.
If the "powers that be" insist on the UK being the CCTV capital of the world then why can't a decent system where you can actually see peoples features be adopted? It's not exactly new technology but I suppose it's only our money being wasted! 2k is not a massive bill considering the damage that the taxpayers will have to fork out. I would have expected the bill to come to 20k knowing the way our "public servants'" minds work. gathin
  • Score: 21

4:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Jack Land says...

Surely the correct term is vandalised, not attacked? Given you can only attack people or places.
Surely the correct term is vandalised, not attacked? Given you can only attack people or places. Jack Land
  • Score: 26

5:31pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Oddjob says...

I hope the investigating officer turned up a bit quicker than the three days that it took to investigate the 'attack' on my car!
I hope the investigating officer turned up a bit quicker than the three days that it took to investigate the 'attack' on my car! Oddjob
  • Score: 27

6:18pm Mon 3 Feb 14

lee neale says...

superb footage :(
superb footage :( lee neale
  • Score: 10

4:35am Tue 4 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

funney the idiots make such a fuss over a broken window they dont even turn up now when your car is broken into only saddened that the taxpayer will be the victim
funney the idiots make such a fuss over a broken window they dont even turn up now when your car is broken into only saddened that the taxpayer will be the victim scraptheWAG
  • Score: 9

7:21am Wed 5 Feb 14

jimmysmith says...

they didnt even bother investigating the burglary at my brothers house .so bugger em .i wouldnt give the police the time of day
they didnt even bother investigating the burglary at my brothers house .so bugger em .i wouldnt give the police the time of day jimmysmith
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Wed 5 Feb 14

biker1 says...

And I don't suppose the police got the time of the day for a lot of undesirables, what u think jimmy smith, bet you are one of them.
And I don't suppose the police got the time of the day for a lot of undesirables, what u think jimmy smith, bet you are one of them. biker1
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Wed 5 Feb 14

biker1 says...

Maybe jimmy smith should ask why police do not turn up to some calls.. Maybe because there are none available.

Decisions were made to take police off frontline policing and place them in custody units, doing the job civilian workers were once doing...all to save money...

Secondly, the government decided it would cut red tape by removing one document by replacing it with ten more. Every domestic incident takes an officer three hours to deal with and even longer if someone arrested. And in a shift they can attend many.

Officers are overworked and cannot do everything they would like to do. Sadly we are in a day and age where time wasters are everywhere

Do you need to see an officer if your car is vandalised and you have no idea who the offender is, no just a crime ref number for the insurance company

Do you need to see an officer if your window is broken and you don't know the offender, no just a crime number...do you see my

Sadly, officers may wish to attend calls but circumstances in place by powers to be negate this.
Maybe jimmy smith should ask why police do not turn up to some calls.. Maybe because there are none available. Decisions were made to take police off frontline policing and place them in custody units, doing the job civilian workers were once doing...all to save money... Secondly, the government decided it would cut red tape by removing one document by replacing it with ten more. Every domestic incident takes an officer three hours to deal with and even longer if someone arrested. And in a shift they can attend many. Officers are overworked and cannot do everything they would like to do. Sadly we are in a day and age where time wasters are everywhere Do you need to see an officer if your car is vandalised and you have no idea who the offender is, no just a crime ref number for the insurance company Do you need to see an officer if your window is broken and you don't know the offender, no just a crime number...do you see my Sadly, officers may wish to attend calls but circumstances in place by powers to be negate this. biker1
  • Score: 0

2:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jimmysmith says...

biker1 wrote:
And I don't suppose the police got the time of the day for a lot of undesirables, what u think jimmy smith, bet you are one of them.
hahaha im one of the undesirables .no im not .but i bet your one of the self assuming arrogant no goods that these days have infiltrated the police force .you know the type sunglasses even when its raining ,double parked outside the kebab shop and as much use as ashtray on a bike .as for undesirable haha my cousin is an inspector in london i have a cousin in the serious crime squad another a detective in newport and an uncle deceased who in the 70s was a chief inspector in cwmbran and by the way a son in law whos a practicing solicitor .now run along and put a ticket on some old ladies car ,Dont use the rain as an excuse to sit around all day and not answer the phone
[quote][p][bold]biker1[/bold] wrote: And I don't suppose the police got the time of the day for a lot of undesirables, what u think jimmy smith, bet you are one of them.[/p][/quote]hahaha im one of the undesirables .no im not .but i bet your one of the self assuming arrogant no goods that these days have infiltrated the police force .you know the type sunglasses even when its raining ,double parked outside the kebab shop and as much use as ashtray on a bike .as for undesirable haha my cousin is an inspector in london i have a cousin in the serious crime squad another a detective in newport and an uncle deceased who in the 70s was a chief inspector in cwmbran and by the way a son in law whos a practicing solicitor .now run along and put a ticket on some old ladies car ,Dont use the rain as an excuse to sit around all day and not answer the phone jimmysmith
  • Score: 2

8:39am Mon 10 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

I don't get how someone can get away with spending 5 mins doing this damage and not be caught in the act. Especially at that time of night is when trouble is most likely to happen with people on thier way home from what ever pub they've stumbled out of. So how come the police haven't been on patrol in that area as I'd imagine that the train station is still open at that time too. Also why isn't the cctv camera manned as if it was they could have caught him. Does not give much confidence about the saftey of the public in this area.

I say train station as it's a comonly accepted term. I think railway station went out with the steam train.

If there is likely that the persons breaking the law by breaking are still at the scene then they are normally there alot quicker, when I had a workshop in town I have had to call the police on a few occasions and if ever I thought that someone was about and upto no good they were there in mins, I had my lorry broken into and it then took a couple of hours to attend. So they have to prioratise the calls that they deal with as there isn't enough of them to respond to every call they get straight away.
I don't get how someone can get away with spending 5 mins doing this damage and not be caught in the act. Especially at that time of night is when trouble is most likely to happen with people on thier way home from what ever pub they've stumbled out of. So how come the police haven't been on patrol in that area as I'd imagine that the train station is still open at that time too. Also why isn't the cctv camera manned as if it was they could have caught him. Does not give much confidence about the saftey of the public in this area. I say train station as it's a comonly accepted term. I think railway station went out with the steam train. If there is likely that the persons breaking the law by breaking are still at the scene then they are normally there alot quicker, when I had a workshop in town I have had to call the police on a few occasions and if ever I thought that someone was about and upto no good they were there in mins, I had my lorry broken into and it then took a couple of hours to attend. So they have to prioratise the calls that they deal with as there isn't enough of them to respond to every call they get straight away. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 0

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