News In Brief: Stray horses killed by train

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Railway police were last night trying to identify the owners of three horses killed by a train at Thorne, near Doncaster.

The horses were hit by a First TransPennine Express after they strayed onto the track between Doncaster and Scunthorpe just before 10.20am yesterday.

Rail services were delayed by around 50 minutes as police, Network Rail and RSPCA officers investigated.

The train driver and passengers were not hurt.

It happened near Maud’s Bridge on Green Bank Lane in a rural area. The line reopened at 12.25pm.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “BTP received a report that a train had struck a number of horses that were on the railway line near Thorne.

“BTP officers attended the incident, which was reported at 10.21am, together with colleagues from Network Rail and the RSPCA. During the incident, three horses were killed.

“Officers are currently carrying out a full investigation into the incident to determine how the horses came to be on the tracks and who the owners are.”

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting log 184 of 21/06/12

Terror charges

A ROTHERHAM man has appeared in court charged with preparing an act of terrorism.

Nicholas Roddis, a 27-year-old former finance worker, appeared at Southwark Crown Court over allegations he watched videos about bomb making.

He appeared at court via videolink from Wakefield prison. Wearing a grey sweatshirt, with gelled black hair, he spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the nature of the proceedings.

Roddis will next appear at Woolwich Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on August 24.

His case will next be heard at Woolwich Crown Court, where he is due to stand trial on January 14.

Motorbike theft

TWO motorbikes have been stolen during the night.

The first was stolen from Periwood Lane, Woodseats, Sheffield, while another was taken from Roxton Road, Meadowhead. Both thefts were overnight on Sunday,

* Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.