18 May 2022

£3,000 reward being offered for information on who left a burning car on the Derry to Coleraine train track

Investigation continuing into horrific incident

Burning car placed across railway tracks near Magilligan

An image from a video of the burning car at Bellarena .

A £3,000 reward is being offered for information which will help convict whoever recently placed a burning car on the Derry to Coleraine train track.

On April 12, a car was set on fire and abandoned on the railway line close to Limestone Road beside Bellarena.

The driver of the train, which was carrying six passengers, managed to stop the train before it reached the car.

Four weeks on from an incident, investigating detectives have made a fresh appeal for information.

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “At around 9.00pm that night, a vehicle was set on fire and placed on the railway tracks, forcing an approaching train travelling to carry out an emergency stop.

“This was a very close call in which death or serious injury could have occurred and it has been extremely traumatic for the driver, their swift actions certainly led to tragedy being narrowly avoided.

“Our investigation into this reckless incident continues and we are making a renewed appeal to any witnesses or anyone who may have information that could assist us with our enquiries.”

Detective Inspector McKenna revealed that the independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £3,000 to anyone providing information directly and anonymously which leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons linked to this incident.

“I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area that night and who saw any suspicious activity,  or anyone who may have captured any suspicious person/persons in the area on their dashcam to call us.

“I would also appeal to anyone out cycling in the Duncrun Road area shortly before 9pm or who has information they believe may assist our investigation to pick up the phone and tell our detectives at Coleraine what you know by calling 101, and quote reference 1945 of 12/04/21." 

“Alternatively, to stay anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on Freephone 0800 555 111 or complete their simple and secure anonymous online form.”

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