Man Disguised As Railway Worker For Attempted Theft
Tuesday 26th August 2014
British Transport Police are investigating after a man dressed as a railway worker tried to steal a mini dumper truck from railway sidings in Camden.
CCTV images show the man who BTP officers wish to speak to dressed in fluorescent clothing and a hard hat.
Detective Constable Nick Thompson said: "Shortly before 8am on Monday, 10 March, a man gained entry to the railway line via a staff gate on Juniper Crescent, Camden. He broke a padlock on a mini dumper truck by the track and attempted to push it across the live railway line carrying trains in and out of London Euston.
"When challenged by a member of rail staff, he claimed to be an official rail worker who had come to service the vehicles. While the member of staff made checks with his manager, the man fled down the line."
BTP officers carried out a search of the area, but couldn’t find the man. Detectives have pursued several lines of enquiry, including taking statements from witnesses and working with local rail staff to try to identify the man pictured, as they believe he would be able to assist the investigation.
"I’d like to know who the man in the orange high-visibility clothing is," DC Thompson added. "Although he appears to be a member of rail staff, none of the local rail managers know who he is. I hope someone will recognise him and contact us. I want to talk to him.
"This incident was doubly concerning as it involved a man trespassing on an extremely busy and dangerous stretch of railway line."
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference ESUB/B2 of 26/08/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.