Clampdown on drunken Lancaster train passengers

Lancaster Railway Station. Stock Picture.
Lancaster Railway Station. Stock Picture.

A fight broke out between two women and a group of rugby fans on a Lancaster train.

The fight, as well as other reports of “drunken and troublesome passengers” on late night weekend services, has resulted in a clampdown on anti social behaviour on trains between Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness.

On Saturday, October 10, a fight broke out on the 11.11pm First TransPennine Express service from Lancaster to Barrow.

The incident occurred while the train was standing at Carnforth station shortly after 11.20pm.

Investigating officer PC Adam Heslop said: “We received reports of fighting on board the train between two women and a number of rugby fans.

“Behaviour like this will not be tolerated.

“It is frightening and intimidating for other passengers who just want to get home without any trouble.”

Due to a recent spike in incidents on the service, BTP officers, working in partnership with Cumbria Police and First TransPennine Express (FTPE), will be clamping down on instances of anti social behaviour.

Increased patrols are set to begin at stations tonight and on Saturday night on the route with BTP officers escorting trains and refusing travel to anyone deemed too intoxicated.

PC Heslop added: “Sadly the actions of a few who cannot travel without causing trouble are impacting on the many passengers that use this service which is why we have decided that enough is enough and we must take a hardline approach.

“Anyone who officers consider to be too drunk to travel or whose behaviour gives cause for concern will not be permitted on the train.

“Colleagues from Cumbria Police and FTPE are supporting our stance and will be aiding this approach.”

Anyone with information about the incident on 10 October is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B3 of 6/11/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.