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Appeal for information after rocks thrown at train guard and pensioners abused - Merthyr Vale



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We are appealing for information after a train guard had rocks thrown at his head at Merthyr Vale railway station whilst he was trying to help passengers who had become unwell.

Yesterday (27/2), the 4.55pm Barry Island to Merthyr Tydfil train, which was delayed by around 45 minutes, stopped at Merthyr Vale at around 7pm -7.30pm.

Paramedics were due to meet the train at Merthyr Vale in order to assist a passenger who had been taken ill.

However, a group of 10-15 teenagers began throwing rocks at the member of rail staff and passengers as they stood on the platform.

They were throwing rocks from the entrance of the station and the over bridge.

Due to the attack, the service had to continue to Merthyr Tydfil and the ambulance had to meet the train there instead.

The passenger who was unwell was then taken to hospital.

The train then continued on its journey to Cardiff and back to Merthyr Vale. At Merthyr Vale, at around 8pm -8.15pm as the guard was helping two elderly women off the train, he and the women were subjected to swearing and verbal abuse.

Officers are investigating and would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information which could help the investigation.

Insp Jaci Thomas said: “Throwing rocks at people is clearly an incredibly stupid and dangerous thing to do. It is very fortunate that nobody was more seriously injured.

“The actions of these people also prevented a woman from getting medical assistance when she needed it.

“I would like to hear from anyone who knows anything about this incident or who can identify those responsible. Please contact me as soon as possible.”

Please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 518 of 27 February. 

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