Scouts to be compensated after train hijack ordeal
Published 26/07/2010 | 05:00
SCOUTS whose equipment was torched on a train journey from Belfast will be compensated when police hand over their belongings.
Irish Rail will compensate 14 Dublin scouts for their losses when a gang of republican thugs tried to hijack the Belfast to Dublin Enterprise train earlier this month.
The scouts cannot draw up an inventory of the camping equipment and rucksacks that were damaged until they are handed over by the PSNI, which is investigating the incident.
Dissident republicans close to the Kilwilkie Estate in Lurgan set fire to the Enterprise train and poured diesel over luggage during Orange Order parades on July 12.
Passengers were terrified when around 60 men wearing balaclavas and armed with petrol bombs and stones appeared on the track and stopped the Dublin-bound train.
They tried to get on board when it was forced to come to a stop near Lake Street, Lurgan, after 4pm.
The train driver and staff managed to secure the passenger doors but some of the gang got into a carriage where luggage was stored and damaged the scouts' equipment.
Petrol bombs were thrown at the driver's cab. A community worker who told the men there were women and children on board claimed they shouted back: "F*** them. Let them burn". The men fled when the PSNI appeared at the scene.
A man (23) was arrested in Lurgan last week by police investigating the attempted hijack.