Northern Ireland

Teenager hospitalised as 'horrific' footage of train station assault shared online

Footage of the assault was shared online
Footage of the assault was shared online

FOOTAGE showing a group of young people engaged in an apparent assault at a train station in Co Antrim has been condemned as "horrific".

The footage, which has been shared on social media, is believed to have been filmed at Ballymoney train station on Saturday.

It shows a group attacking a man as he lies on the ground at a platform, with several individuals kicking him in the head.

Police have confirmed that one teenager required hospital treatment following the incident.

A glass bottle was thrown during the disturbance, which had spilled out onto the platform, and a 14-year-old boy sustained an injury which required hospital treatment.

A number of others were injured and received medical attention at the scene.

Other footage that appears to have been taken at the same station shows a bin being thrown against a train by two youths.

Among those to condemn the footage was North Antrim Alliance MLA Sian Mulholland.

"We are aware videos and photographs are being circulated showing horrific scenes at Ballymoney Train Station over the weekend," she said in a social media post on Sunday.

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

"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. We call on anyone with any information to pass it to the PSNI."

The MLA said she would be "liaising with relevant stakeholders to address the ongoing situation related to anti-social behavior" at the station.

Ballymoney UUP councillor Daryl Wilson described the footage as "gruesome", adding: "I will be liaising with the PSNI to see what action will be taken."

A Translink spokesperson confirmed the incident happened at the station on Saturday at around 9.30pm.

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

“Emergency services were called to the scene and we are assisting the PSNI with their investigation including provision of on-train and station CCTV. 

“We would appeal to anyone with further information to contact the PSNI and we operate a reward scheme of up to £1000 for anyone who provides evidence which leads to a successful conviction.”

The PSNI and NI Ambulance Service have been contacted for comment.