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Ballymoney: Up to 20 involved in 'horrific' train station violence

Jun 22, 2023

Police are appealing for information about social media footage showing a man being kicked repeatedly in the head by a gang at Ballymoney train station.

Up to 20 people were reported to have been fighting on a train. It spilled out on to a platform on Saturday.

A glass bottle was smashed and a 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital. Several others were treated for their injuries at the station.

Police are still working to establish a motive for the attack.

Officers were sent to the station to bring the disturbance, which happened on Saturday evening, under control. They cautioned three people.

Sgt Jamie Halligan said: "We are aware of the concern surrounding this incident and the footage circulating on social media.

"Our inquiries are ongoing and we would appeal for the public's assistance."

Public transport provider Translink said CCTV footage had been provided to the police to help them with the investigation.

"The safety of our passengers and staff is our top priority and we strongly condemn this serious incident," said Translink.

"We would appeal to anyone with further information to contact the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

"We operate a reward scheme of up to £1,000 for anyone who provides evidence which leads to a successful conviction."

Politicians on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council also condemned the violence.

Alliance Party councillor Lee Kane said he was aware of videos and photographs circulating that show "horrific scenes" at the train station.

"This behaviour has absolutely no place in our town, our community or our society," he said.

"Our thoughts are with the victim of the attack, Translink staff who had to deal with a very difficult situation and others on the train who were witness to this violent act."

Ulster Unionist councillor Darryl Wilson described it as "gruesome assault" and said he was "beyond horrified at the footage".

"Those responsible must be brought to justice and feel the full force of the law," he said.