Thieves ‘stole from victims of train crash’

Photo: SNCF

by Malcolm Curtis|The Local France|July 19, 2013

Callous, opportunistic thieves from Brétigny-sur-Orge, where a train derailed killing six people last Friday, threw stones at police and rescue workers and stole possessions from accident victims, an explosive new police document alleges.

The contents of the document, revealed by Le Point magazine on Thursday, said individuals from the southern Paris suburb “hampered the progress of rescue vehicles by throwing projectiles at them.”

Hundreds of police and paramedics rushed to the scene last Friday after an Intercity train from Paris to Limoges derailed in the station in Brétigny, leaving six dead and dozens of passengers injured, nine of them critical.

Riot police, who were out in force to secure the area around the scene of the intercity train accident, had to push back the individuals, the report said.

“Certain trouble-makers had succeeded in seizing personal possessions scattered on the ground or on the victims themselves,” says the document from the CRS (Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité), a unit of the French National Police.

Earlier this week four people were arrested on suspicion of stealing a mobile phone from a rescue worker.

And the new CRS report supports what the Alliance Police Nationale union has stated about “problems” at the accident site.

If it is confirmed by the investigation, it will show the attitude of those who have accused the union of lying and manipulation is “shameful, scandalous and inadmissible,” a spokesman for the police union is quoted as saying by AFP.

However, the union has been accused of exaggerating the facts.

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