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Friday 20 April 2018

Commuters left terrified following 'chaos' on evening train

Three youths arrested in relation to public order offence

Iarnrod Eireann train
Iarnrod Eireann train
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Three youths have been arrested in relation to a public order offence on a train this evening, leaving two people injured.

Rail commuters were left terrified when a group of youths, all in their late teens, became aggressive on an evening service.

The incident happened on the 5.55pm service from Heuston Station in Dublin to Newbridge in Co Kildare.

It is understood that a group of up to four youths became aggressive and threatened other passengers on the train at around 6.15pm.

The driver was not aware of the incident until after the alleged culprits had left the train.

Two passengers were allegedly struck, including one who suffered a possible broken nose.

A passenger called the gardai, but the group had alighted at Sallins station in Co Kildare.

Gardai attended the station however the group had already managed to get away.

A spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann confirmed that there had been an incident and apologised to the passengers onboard.

“We would apologise to anybody onboard who obviously wouldn’t expect to be subjected to this when they are on their way home from work,” she said.

She added that the company was investigating the incident and that the train was not delayed.

Some passengers took to social media to express their horror at what they saw.

“Fecking chaos!! Never seen anything like it before,” Graham Waters wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Gardai are also investigating the incident.

Irish Independent

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