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Appeal After Deptford Station Lighter Vandalism

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

British Transport Police are trying to trace a young man after a CCTV camera was deliberately burned with a lighter.

The incident took place at Deptford station at around 8.45pm on Friday 11th July.

"A youth entered the lift on the platform 2-side of the station, and deliberately burnt the lens of the camera with a lighter," PC Rachel Saunders said.

"He got out of the lift, but returned shortly after and repeated the offence, leaving the camera badly-damaged."

As part of their investigation, officers are issuing an image of a young man they want to speak to.

"I would like the public to look at this image and tell us if they recognise this person," PC Saunders added. "I believe he has valuable information about this incident.

"Not only did the person responsible compromise the publicís safety by putting a CCTV camera out of action, they could also have started a fire in the lift."

A spokeswoman for Southeastern trains said that CCTV at stations is a vital aid to help deter crime on the railways and keep passengers safe.

"We're working to repair the damage that this individual has caused and we hope that anyone with information about the incident will come forward to help our partners at the British Transport Police with their investigation," she added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference SSUB/B9 of 23/07/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.