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Man kicked repeatedly on head as fighting breaks out at Ballymoney Train Station

Young person being attacked on train platform

Police have appealed for witnesses following an incident on Sunday evening, 3 May, when a fight broke out involving a large group of young people at Ballymoney Train Station.


Videos circulated widely online of the incident and show a man lying on the ground while being kicked repeatedly on his head.


The Police Service of Northern Ireland issued a statement following the incident saying:


"Police are appealing for witnesses following a public order disturbance reported within Ballymoney Train Station on Saturday, 3rd June.



"Around 9.45pm, a group of up to 20 people had been reported to be fighting on a train within the Seymour Street train station. 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.


"Officers attended to bring the disturbance under control and cautioned three people in connection with the incident."



Sergeant Jamie Halligan added:


“We are aware of the concern surrounding this incident and the footage circulating on social media. Our enquiries are ongoing and we would appeal for the public’s assistance. Anyone who was in the area of Ballymoney Train Station at the time and who witnessed this incident or who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries is asked to call us on 101 quoting reference number 2071 03/06/23.”


A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.


Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.



Commenting for on the incident a Translink spokesperson said:


“We can confirm an incident occurred around 9.30pm on Saturday at Ballymoney train station.


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


“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 £1,000 for anyone who provides evidence which leads to a successful conviction.”



Sian Mulholland North Antrim MLA (Alliance) commented:


"We are aware videos and photographs are being circulated showing horrific scenes at Ballymoney Train Station over the weekend.


"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.


"Along with Lee Kane [Alliance councillor, Ballymoney] I will be liaising with relevant stakeholders to address the ongoing situation related to anti-social behaviour on the train, and work towards ensuring this is not repeated."


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