Van­dals crit­i­cised for caus­ing train de­lay

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By So­phie Evans

SOUTH West Trains ( SWT) pas­sen­gers were left be­mused af­ter a train an­nouncer launched into a rant af­ter ‘ pond life’ thugs lobbed rocks at a Lon­don­bound ser­vice.

Speak­ing over the train tan­noy, the man told com­muters that the packed ser­vice was run­ning late be­cause van­dals had thrown rocks at the train, smash­ing a win­dow.

He went on to de­scribe the in­di­vid­u­als as ‘ a cou­ple of d** kheads’ be­fore later re­fer­ring to them as ‘ pond life with the in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity of a flip- flop’.

The Bournemouth to Lon­don Water­loo ser­vice, which calls var­i­ously in Hamp­shire and Sur­rey, was halted near Southamp­ton on Sun­day evening.

Ad­dress­ing pas­sen­gers, the uniden­ti­fied an­nouncer be­gan by apol­o­gis­ing for the de­lay, ex­plain­ing some ‘ in­di­vid­u­als’ had hurled rocks at a car­riage win­dow.

When the train re­sumed its jour­ney, he made an­other an­nounce­ment – this time, de­scrib­ing the thugs cou­ple of d** kheads’.

Fur­ther down the line, he called them ‘ pond life with the in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity of a flip- flop’.

And when the ser­vice reached its des­ti­na­tion 11 min­utes late, he de­clared them ‘ mup­pets’.

The train stopped at Southamp­ton Air­port shortly af­ter 5pm af­ter in­di­vid­u­als ‘ threw ob­jects and rocks at the train,’ the an­nouncer told pas­sen­gers.

“We have got a smashed win­dow which needs re­pair­ing be­fore we can move,” he added.

When the train reached Lon­don Water­loo at around 7pm, the an­nouncer said: “We are 11 min­utes late due to the in­ci­dent at Southamp­ton Air­port – where these mup­pets at­tacked the train.”

It is un­clear what for­mal role the an­nouncer has with SWT, or even if they are a mem­ber of SWT staff.

A spokesman for South West Trains said: “We are look­ing into this al­leged as ‘ a in­ci­dent to hap­pened.

“Our staff are trained to keep pas­sen­gers up­dated on is­sues af­fect­ing their jour­ney.

“We would al­ways ex­pect this to be done in a pro­fes­sional man­ner us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage.”

A mem­ber of SWT staff was sus­pended ear­lier this year af­ter one of its trains was spot­ted trav­el­ling with a ‘ Vote Out’ mes­sage em­bla­zoned on the side.

Staff have also been known to try and ease ten­sion on de­layed or dis­rupted jour­neys by host­ing im­promptu quizzes for pas­sen­gers. One guard was widely praised fol­low­ing de­lays caused by a line- side fire at Vaux­hall for mak­ing an ‘ aw­ful jour­ney 1,000% bet­ter’ with a quiz.

There was also praise heaped on South West Trains staff at Wok­ing rail­way sta­tion last month when a woman was seen wandering along the lines.

See­ing she was dan­ger­ously closed to the high voltage third rail, rail­way staff and by­standers leapt into ac­tion and pulled the woman to safety when she was within reach of the plat­form edge. es­tab­lish what

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