South West Trains announcer berates '˜pond life' who threw rocks at carriage windows

A South West Trains announcer built up a head of steam after a packed train was delayed as a result of a carriage window being broken.

Monday, 22nd August 2016, 8:28 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:37 pm

He began by apologising when the service running between Bournemouth, Dorset, and London Waterloo halted near Southampton early yesterday evening.

The announcer told passengers there would be a delay because “individuals” had thrown rocks at the train and smashed a window.

Further down the line he called them “pond life with the intellectual capacity of a flip-flop”.

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When the train reached its destination - 11 minutes late - he described them as “muppets”.

Passengers laughed at each announcement.

The train had stopped at Southampton Airport shortly after 5pm.

“Individuals threw objects and rocks at the train,” the announcer - who did not reveal what job he did on the train - told passengers.

“We have got a smashed window which needs repairing before we can move.”

When the train began moving again, he explained: “We are running 10 minutes late ladies and gents. This is all down to, if you will forgive my profanity, a couple of dickheads throwing rocks at the train just before Southampton Airport.”

He told passengers who got on at Winchester, Hampshire: “The service is running 10 minutes late. This is due to the train coming under attack at Southampton Airport. Some pond life down there with the intellectual capacity of a flip-flop threw rocks at the train.”

When the train reached London Waterloo, at around 7pm, he said: “We are 11 minutes late due to the incident at Southampton Airport - where these muppets attacked the train.”