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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Cops hunt six after naked Ulverston to Barrow train prank

A RAIL passenger was stripped naked by his friends on board a train heading to Barrow.

Police are now keen to speak to members of the group, who were on the 9.50pm Ulverston to Barrow service on Saturday, August 4.

British Transport Police yesterday released CCTV images of seven men who officers would like to speak to in relation to the incident.

Special Constable Adam Heslop said: “A group of men boarded the train at Ulverston and, while en-route to Barrow, began to undress one of their friends.

“This continued until the man was completely naked.

“The men clearly thought this was an hilarious practical joke, but, in reality, it left several other passengers extremely distressed.”

British Transport Police hope the CCTV images, which clearly show the faces of the men believed to be involved, will help officers trace those responsible.

SC Heslop said: “The behaviour of the men was completely unacceptable and it is imperative we trace them as soon as possible.

“Further, I urge those responsible to come forward and take responsibility for their actions.”

Earlier this year on the Furness line, Barrow MP John Woodcock was assaulted when he challenged some fellow passengers who were making racist and offensive comments.

And last year three men were convicted of outraging public decency on a Barrow-bound train.

The men had been drinking in Lancaster when they boarded the 9.20pm train from Manchester Airport to Barrow on January 15, 2011.

The men exposed themselves and simulated sex acts in front of passengers, including two teenage girls and the mother of one girl.

  • If you have information about the incident in August, or recognise the men pictured in the CCTV images, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

In all calls, quote the background log B2/NWA of 26/10/12.

Have your say

I think CCTV mugshots like the one used here should be used when a serious crime has been commited and the Police have drawn blanks in the search for the offender/offenders.

This isn't a serious crime and The Evening Mail should hang it's head in shame.

Posted by Jimmy Foodlaw on 6 November 2012 at 14:30

On the contrary, I know enough about the story to think it entirely appropriate to put them in the evening mail. The moral is if you want to gratuitously offend people on a train but don't want it generally known how you behave - then avoid places with CCTV. It makes them look not only boorish but rather dim. Anyway, they will survive, the vast majority of Barrovians find it all rather funny so they will enjoy this brief spell in the limelight. It can only be a matter of time before T-shirts are available in the market.

Posted by Phil on 6 November 2012 at 10:40

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