Stonehaven: ASLEF Condemns Mindless Vandalism
ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned vandals who destroyed flower displays at Stonehaven station just hours before the railway fell silent to remember the accident in which three men died and six people were seriously injured last year.
Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘I am absolutely disgusted that anyone would want to do this. It besmirches the memory of all those who were involved in, and affected by, the accident.’
Police are investigating the act of vandalism, which happened in the early hours of Thursday morning, shortly before Scotland fell silent at 9.43am to mark the first anniversary of the crash at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire in which three people lost their lives after a landslip onto the railway line caused a train to derail.
Kevin, who attended the unveiling of a memorial plaque at Stonehaven station on Thursday, said: ‘I understand this incident of mindless vandalism was captured on CCTV and I hope that anyone with any information will contact British Transport Police. All vandalism should be condemned, but it is especially painful for the families of those people affected by the tragedy a year ago, that this station, and these flowers, should be targeted in this way.’
The crash, on 12 August last year, claimed the lives of three people – the driver, Brett McCullough, 45; the conductor, Donald Dinnie, 58; and a passenger, Christopher Stuchbury, 62 – and six other people were injured. The accident cast a long shadow across the railway industry, not just in Scotland, but throughout the United Kingdom.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: ‘The families of those affected by the accident at Stonehaven deserve better than this.’