Northern Ireland

Driver hurt after brick thrown at train near Lisburn

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Image caption The train was on its way to Dublin when the brick was thrown

An Irish Rail driver has suffered a minor injury to his eye after a brick was dropped from a bridge onto the train he was driving near Lisburn.

It happened as the Belfast to Dublin Enterprise train passed through Lambeg around 20:20 GMT on Tuesday.

The brick smashed a window and injured the driver. He was able to continue with his journey to Dublin.

There were 17 passengers onboard the train at the time.

Lisburn area police commander Ch Insp Darrin Jones said: "This was an unbelievably stupid and dangerous act.

"Not only was the life of the driver placed in jeopardy but also those of the passengers.

"The individuals who dropped that brick need to consider what could have happened had the driver been seriously hurt or if they had caused a tragedy, how would that feel?

"I am urging anyone who knows the identity of those involved in this crime to contact police on 0845 600 8000."

Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan described the attack as an "utterly reckless act" that could have caused serious injury or even multiple deaths.

"It is incomprehensible why someone would do this," he said.

"If this individual is caught the courts should administer the most severe punishment possible."