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"Frightening" attack in Woodside takes tram out of action

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FOUR windows of a tram were smashed and the vehicle taken out of service after a "frightening" attack at a tram stop yesterday. The trouble occurred when a large group of youths attacked three men at Woodside tram stop shortly before 6pm on Thursday. British Transport Police (BTP) were called to reports of the youths throwing objects at the men as they tried to leave the tram. At least four windows were smashed and the tram was taken out of action. BTP officers stopped services between East Croydon and Woodside following the attack. As well as investigating what happened, they will be visiting the tram stop today to provide visible reassurance. It is not yet clear whether any arrests have been made. Detective Inspector Ash Cooper said the investigation was in its "early stages", adding: "We're taking this assault very seriously. "This must have been a frightening and upsetting experience for everyone on board at the time, and we will do everything in our power to identify those responsible. "We would ask anyone who saw the incident take place to contact the police immediately." Anyone with information is asked to call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B12/LSA or 25/04/2013. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.Were you on board the tram? Did you see what happened? Contact gareth.davies@croydonadvertiser.co.uk


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