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Van abandoned close to level crossing linked to robbery

PUBLISHED: 12:33 08 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:47 08 February 2019

A van has been left on rail tracks near Beccles. Picture: BTP

A van has been left on rail tracks near Beccles. Picture: BTP

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A van that had been abandoned on rail lines near Beccles has been taken for forensic examination by police after it was associated with a robbery at a near by petrol station.

Grove road crossing in Beccles. Picture: GOOGLE MAPSGrove road crossing in Beccles. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The van, which was abandoned near the Grove Road level crossing just before 5am today (February 8), caused long delays on the line between Lowestoft and Ipswich.

The line is currently being assessed for damage, meaning trains are still affected.

The van is thought to have been used in a robbery at a petrol station in Gosford Road last night.

British Transport Police (BTP), National Rail and Suffolk police were all called to the scene and worked to remove the vehicle which was taken away by removal services.

A BTP spokesman said: “At 5.55am today officers were called to a level crossing on Grove Road in Beccles after reports of a van on the tracks causing a significant obstruction. It is believed the incident happened between 4.30am and 5.30am.

“An investigation is now underway to understand who was driving the vehicle.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 68 of 08/02/2019. Or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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