Blackpool station ticket machine smashed by yobs throwing rocks

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The ticket vending machine at Blackpool South Station was vandalised

The ticket vending machine at Blackpool South Station was vandalised

An investigation has been launched after a ticket machine was vandalised by yobs throwing bricks.

British Transport Police said the incident happened at Blackpool South Station.

The incident was reported last night (May 20).

Pictures released by BTP show significant damage was inflicted on the vending machine.

The large glass screen was completely shattered leaving commuters unable to use it to buy or collect tickets.

A separate picture shows two large bricks on the floor next to the machine. They are believed to have been used by the vandals to cause the damage.

A BTP spokesperson posted on Twitter: Recent #CriminalDamage to the ticket vending machine at #BlackpoolSouth Station has been reported to us and enquiries are ongoing.”

Yobs are believed to have used the large rocks on the ground to inflict the damage

Yobs are believed to have used the large rocks on the ground to inflict the damage

Community Rail Charlie replied: “This is why we can’t have nice things on the railway. Local yobs like to vandalise railway property.”

Youths are believed to be responsible for shattering the glass of a waiting area on the platform at Mill Hill station in Blackburn.

The anti-social behaviour incident left fragments and shards littered all over the platform.

Damaged waiting area on Mill Hill station platform

Damaged waiting area on Mill Hill station platform

BPT Lancashire said: “Repeated #CriminalDamage and antisocial behaviour occurring at Mill Hill Station, #Blackburn.

“If you witness anything happening there, please #TextBTP on 61016 (or 999 in an emergency), and let us know.“And parents, please don’t let you children hang around on the station.”