Passenger terror in Hackney as firework thrown on train

Firework thrown on train

Firework thrown on train. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

Passengers at Hackney Central were left terrified after a firework went off inside the carriage of an overground train.

Police attended the scene after receiving a call at 6.40pm on Sunday reporting that a lit firework had been thrown into the carriage of the London Overground train which was stationary on the platform at the time.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Enquiries are underway to identify who is responsible and officers are appealing to any passengers who witnessed the incident to get in touch.

“Anyone with information is asked to text 61016 or call quoting 360 of 6/11. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The emergency services were kept busy with a number of firework related incidents last week. On Thursday night, lit fireworks were thrown at an ambulance in Croydon.

Paramedic Clare Watkins, who was inside the vehicle, said: “It was 10.45pm and we were sitting in the vehicle when a car stopped behind the ambulance. I thought it was just a car parking and I didn’t really think anything of it.”

“The next thing we saw were sparks flying and then there was a fizz, a pop and a bang. We saw lots of colours from beneath the ambulance and realised that people were lighting fireworks under the vehicle.”

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