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Passengers ‘utterly terrified’ as fight erupts over face masks on train

Fight over facemasks on train from York to Scarborough

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Horrified witnesses – including families with children – saw passengers exchange punches and obscenities on the service between York and Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on Saturday evening. In the clip, shared widely on social media, one man shouts “wear a mask” at a group of people before they yell back over the seats “you’re an embarrassment”.

And the argument escalates to the point individuals become violent, scenes described as “utterly terrifying” by one witness.

Sophie Tasker, who with other passengers, tried to calm the group said she told the passengers to “think of the children” but the brawl worsened.

The man who was originally told people to wear a mask is seen shouting at another man “you’ve got one chance to walk away” before yelling at the top of his lungs and trying to get out of his seat.

And Ms Tasker told Yorkshire Live one man was eventually escorted from the train by police.

Ms Tasker added: “Basically the bloke to the left with the bald head started questioning where people’s masks were the moment the train departed from York.

“He was told he was upsetting kids by shouting, to which he hurled abuse back.”

She said that the family who were the focus of his rage then left to another carriage. The dispute about masks continued though and while other people who were on the carriage said they were exempt “he still carried on swearing and telling them to prove it”.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police received reports of a fight onboard a service between York and Malton stations at 8.13pm on Saturday 11 December.

“Officers are aware of footage posted on social media of this incident and enquiries are ongoing.

“Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 628 of 11/12/21.”

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