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Five arrested over Co Derry train station fight

A fight involving up to 40 people spilled out from a train onto the platform at Castlerock railway halt on Saturday evening.
Paul Ainsworth

A TOTAL of five people were arrested following a brawl at a Co Derry train station that police believe involved up to 40 people.

The fight at Castlerock train station on Saturday evening spilled onto the platform after starting on a Derry to Belfast train carriage shortly before 6.40pm.

Police say one Translink staff member was assaulted, while a car parked at the north coast station was also damaged.

It is understood the car's rear windscreen was shattered.

Officers arrived at the scene and made arrests, and yesterday said a 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of common assault was released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, and a 39-year-old woman held on suspicion of common assault relating to the incident were both given community resolution notices.

A 64-year-old woman who had been arrested on suspicion of common assault has been released without charge, while a 23-year-old woman held on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm has been released unconditionally.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information in relation to it, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1628 of 13/08/22."

Stormont infrastructure minister John O'Dowd described the assault on the Translink staff member as "appalling".

He said: "Staff at Translink have the right to work without fear of being attacked or abused. I strongly condemn this latest despicable incident. Translink operate around 12,500 services a day and thankfully incidents like this do not happen very often."

The Irish News contacted Translink yesterday in relation to the incident.

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