British Transport Police have launched a hunt for three men who tried to steal cash from a ticket machine at Leyland railway station.
The thugs, who struck sometime between 11pm on February 25 and 6am on the February 26, were unsuccessful in stealing any cash, but they totally destroyed the machine which now has to be replaced at a cost of £25,000.
PC Dave Boardman, investigating for BTP, said: “Though the men were unsuccessful in stealing cash, the damage they caused is substantial.
“Unfortunately there is no CCTV of the incident – or the offenders – and I am now calling on the public to help trace those responsible.
“From initial witness accounts we know the men had Liverpool accents, but I need other witnesses to come forward.
“If you have any information about the incident, no matter how small, please get in touch.
“By piecing together different witness accounts we may be able to trace those responsible and bring them to justice.”
If you have any information, or can help the investigation in any way, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
In all calls please quote log 116 of 26/2/12.