Ticket machine is attacked in failed attempt to take money at Horsforth station (From Ilkley Gazette)
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Ticket machine is attacked in failed attempt to take money at Horsforth station
1:08pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Local news
Thieves wrecked a station ticket machine in an unsuccessful attempt to steal money.
The machine at Horsforth will have to be completely replaced following the attack, which is now the subject of an investigation by British Transport Police.
Officers were called to the station on Friday, August 9 after the incident was reported by staff.
A BTP spokesman said: “Sometime between 2.30am and 3am a suspect has tried, unsuccessfully, to break into a ticket machine located in front of the waiting room.
“While no money was taken, the damage left by these vandals was extremely costly to the railway.
“Officers are making local enquiries into the incident and want to hear from anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area, or has any information that could assist our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on Freefone 0800 405040 or text 61016 quoting reference 185 of 09/08/13, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A Northern Rail spokeswoman said: “The Ticket Vending Machine at Horsforth has to be completely replaced due to a significant amount of vandalism. As it cannot be repaired, a new machine has been ordered, which can take up to 12 weeks to arrive.
“Tickets are available from the ticket office or from conductors on-board when the ticket office is closed.
“We are investigating this incident with the help of the British Transport Police and would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.”