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Guard Threatened With Firearm On Settle-Carlisle Line - 7155/11793
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 23rd April 2008

A train guard was threatened with a firearm at Horton-in-Ribblesdale station on Saturday night (link below.)

Police say the incident occurred after two men tried to board the Leeds-to-Ribblehead train at Settle Station at around 8.20pm.

They prised open the doors as it was about to leave, but the guard refused to let them on.

When the train arrived at Horton in Ribblesdale just after 9pm, two men, thought to be the same pair, were waiting on the platform.

One pointed what was thought to be an air rifle at the guard, who got back onto the train.

Police say a woman and her two children who were on the platform feared for their safety and dropped to the floor.

The train guard and driver were shaken but no-one was injured. The two men fled.

British Transport Police have now appealed for witnesses or information.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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