Three teens are in custody in Huddersfield after a wrecking spree which caused a staggering £300,000 damage.
They were arrested in a former railway warehouse after a bizarre four-hour incident which saw mainline trains between Huddersfield and Manchester halted and others delayed.
The line to Manchester from Huddersfield railway station was closed for a time last night as yobs hurled slates and other objects on to cars and the station after clambering on to scaffolding at the St George’s Warehouse alongside the railway station.
They hurled slates, scaffolding poles and other debris down from the top of the building on to the rail lines.
Several cars parked close to the warehouse were damaged.
The damage bill also includes estimated costs of halting and delaying trains to and from the station.
Police eventually arrested two boys aged 16 and a 15-year-old girl shortly before midnight.
Police said the incident began about 6.30pm, when youths were spotted trespassing on the rail lines.
When challenged they ran into the old warehouse across from the station and are believed to have climbed up scaffolding erected for a major renovation of the building.
Rail users intending to travel home suffered disruptions due to the incident.
A large investigation is now ongoing, which is being conducted jointly by British Transport Police and Kirklees Police.
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “Our officers were called to Huddersfield Station at around 6.35pm on Tuesday, following reports of trespassers on the tracks.
“On arrival at the scene, three youths had moved to the roof of a nearby building and were throwing objects onto the station roof and cars.
“Three juveniles, from the Huddersfield and Leeds area were arrested shortly before midnight for malicious obstruction, trespass, criminal damage and remain in custody awaiting interview.”
Northern Rail confirmed two services, one to Leeds and one from Wakefield, were delayed for 30 minutes and 40 minutes respeciively.