MINDLESS yobs who hung a kettle from a railway bridge in Ilkeston could have killed a train driver and caused a serious accident, transport police have said.
A freight train driver spotted the kettle dangling from the bridge near the Potters Lock footbridge in Larklands last Tuesday at about 6.15pm and reported it to police.
When they inspected it, officers were shocked to find it had been left at the right height to collide with the front window of a train.
Pc Keith Griffiths said: “The stupidity of those responsible is hard to believe.
“This could have caused a serious incident and, had the kettle impacted with a cab window at high speed, then we could have been left dealing with an incident involving serious injury – or worse.
“To think that someone has done this for a laugh, or to see what happens, is truly unbelievable and we need to trace those responsible before their future actions cause serious problems.
“Thankfully the freight driver spotted the kettle and was able to pass on a prompt warning to others. Next time we may not be so fortunate.”
British Transport Police has now seized the kettle and is testing it forensically, but officers are calling on the public to help trace those responsible.
They are looking to speak to youths seen in the area shortly before the incident.
Pc Griffiths added: “Railway workers in the area saw a group of youths playing with a shopping trolley near to the railway and it is possible they were responsible for tying the kettle to the bridge.”
Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.