Photo: Orange day train brawl
Passengers had to evacuate a Liverpool bound train after a mass brawl broke out between intoxicated Orange Lodge revellers, Saturday 11 July 2015.
A witness said:
“I was particularly surprised at the amount of booze on the train.
Considering a recent report that no booze would be allowed on the trains, their where bottles, glasses etc.
People were sat on the floor in the carriage doorway with large glasses of wine singing and shouting. It was a recipe for disaster.
If there had been transport police walking up and down the train, I’m sure the atmosphere would have been better and would have certainly felt much safer.
It’s a shame for anyone who wants to just have a nice day out, but it does feel like the majority just wants an excuse to get wasted.
The trouble makers on the train were aged around 15 to 17 years-old, but soon involved people of all ages all wanting to join in.
It went on for about 10 minutes while the train came into Ainsdale station. The driver stayed in the cabin and called police.
People were scared so evacuated the train and stood on the platform in the rain.
One lady had a severely disabled son who was on the carriage were the fight was and had to take him off the train into the rain whilst it was still kicking off on board.
The driver couldn’t do anything about it, anyone who tried to intervene seemed to get dragged into the fight. We then boarded the train back to hillside and had to drive to Liverpool”.
Merseyrail and BTP are yet to release a statement following the incidents.
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