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Police appeal after all Glider passengers involved in west Belfast disturbance identified


Translink Glider incident under investigation

Translink Glider incident under investigation

Translink Glider incident under investigation

All of those involved in a serious disturbance on board a Glider in west Belfast have been identified by police.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Translink bus, or who knows anything about the incident, to contact them.

A video which has been circulating online appears to show a young girl spitting on an older passenger’s face on Sunday evening.

It's believed the disturbing scene unfolded at the Lenadoon Avenue stop.

Footage appears to show a teenage girl screaming obscenities at a grey-haired man who is seated in the public transport vehicle – before spitting in his face.

Another video shows the group of mainly young girls being pushed off the bus by horrified passengers – including the man who was spat on – as staff struggle to cope with the situation.

However, the sequence of events is unclear.

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One passenger is seen clutching a baby in his arms as the shocking incident unfolds.

Translink has confirmed an investigation is ongoing.

"The safety of our passengers and staff is our top priority and we condemn all anti-social behaviour,” a spokesperson said.

"An investigation is underway and we are liaising with the PSNI following this incident on board our Glider on Sunday evening last.

“We offer a reward of up to £1,000 for anyone prepared to give evidence in court which leads to a conviction."

A PSNI spokesperson said the West Belfast Neighbourhood Police team is investigating.

Inspector Róisín Brown added: “We have identified all those involved and our enquiries are continuing in relation to this matter.

“We would continue to appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1691 24/07/22.”

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