Girl, 2, hit by can of beer thrown by football yobs on train

A two-year-old girl was hit in the eye by a can of Stella Artois lager hurled by drunken football yobs on a train.

Isla Anderson was with her mum, dad and sister travelling to Blackpool for an Easter weekend away when a group of 20 Aston Villa supporters got on board.

Her horrified mum Diane, 34, said they were drinking from cans and glasses of beer and were singing, shouting abuse and banging on the train’s windows.

She said she told them to stop, but was subjected to obscenities.

As the yobs got off the train, the can was thrown towards the family, showering them with lager and striking Isla on the side of her left eye.

She was left screaming in shock and pain with a nasty bruise.

British Transport Police confirmed an investigation was under way.

The incident took place as the train arrived at Horwich Parkway railway station near to the stadium ahead of the match between Villa and Bolton.

Diane from New Moston, Manchester, said: ‘The holiday was supposed to be an Easter treat for the kids. Isla was screaming and crying her eyes out.

‘I am so upset – it was just horrible. She was left with a nasty green bruise at the side of her eye but luckily, there is no cut.

‘We just had to give her lots of cuddles to calm her down. We are all absolutely disgusted.

‘The group should not have been allowed on a train with all that beer. On match days, why is there not more security?

‘It was Good Friday – lots of families travel on the day.’

The family – Diane, her husband, Isla and the couple’s older daughter Lexi, seven, boarded the 1.01pm train from Manchester Piccadilly railway station to Preston station.

From there, they were going to head to Blackpool on another train.

Diane said that about 20 football fans wearing Aston Villa tops got on at Salford Crescent railway station.

She said: ‘They all had cans of Stella and glasses of beer that they must have bought from a pub. There was no one there telling them that they could not get on.

‘They were in our carriage and were stood and sat behind us. A lot of them were stood near the doors.

‘They were drunk and were singing and dancing. They were swearing and banging on the windows. It was intimidating.

‘I asked them to stop because of the children. One of them did apologise in a conversation with me and told the others he was with to stop.

‘They got off the train at Horwich and a can of Stella was thrown back through the doors towards us.

‘It covered us in beer and hit my daughter on the side of her eye. We were all so shook up.

‘I am just absolutely disgusted really. It could have been a lot worse, but it was just a mark that came up on her skin.’

The family raised the alarm with the conductor on board and reported the matter to police at Preston railway station.

A British Transport Police spokesman said statements were taken and an investigation is underway.

Rail company Northern has been contacted for comment.