TWO cows were killed when a train struck them after vandals removed a crossing gate in Chorley.
Officers believe the level crossing gate, which prevents livestock from accessing the line, was taken off its hinges and removed deliberately sometime between 7pm and 11pm on Monday.
PC Richard King, investigating officer, said: “As a result of the vandalism, cows in a nearby farm, close to Weaver’s Brow, were able to walk straight onto the line.
“Unfortunately, an oncoming train struck two of the cows, killing them.”
“This was a mindless act of vandalism that caused distress for all involved from the driver and passengers on board the train to the rail staff who work on the track afterwards.
“Although this is a fairly remote location, I believe there may be someone out there with vital information. If anyone saw anything suspicious in the area please come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident number B4/NWA of 18/05/2012. Information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.