When a gang of drunken football yobs began hurling foul abuse at a mother and her five-year-old son on a train, she presumed someone would intervene.And she succeeded in getting the train stopped.
But the driver refused to call the police or stop the train and the guard was nowhere to be seen.
Faced with giving in or standing up to the 30-strong group, Lisa Robinson decided to take them on.
Yesterday Mrs Robinson said: ‘It was a terrifying experience, but I’m glad I did it. It was a victory for ordinary people.’Well, not quite. You see, no-one was arrested, and all the passengers were inconvenienced along with the yobs!
Rail company Arriva then terminated the train there, leaving the abusive fans to make their own way home.‘…And everyone else!’ that sentence should say…
Mrs Robinson said yesterday that she was glad she had made a stand and would do it again.I hate to point out the reality of the situation, love, but in what way have they not got away with it..? Unless the police can track them down via CCTV and somehow get them to a magistrate who will give them more than a suspended sentence, 'getting away with it' is precisely what they've done, isn't it?
‘I think too often these yobs are allowed to get away with it,’ she added. ‘When the thugs started kicking off, one woman said to me that I should accept it as it was just the world we live in. But I refuse to live in a society where this sort of thing goes unpunished.
‘Arriva sent me flowers and apologies, but what they really need to do is plan to make sure these things don’t happen. They knew there was a football game on and should have laid on extra staff. Instead, they had one guard who I’m convinced was hiding in the other carriage.
‘I still can’t believe the driver ignored my husband when he asked him to phone the police.’