Man terrifies Manchester tram passengers when he goes berserk and smashes windows with rocks and punches
- Man appeared to get in an argument with the group he was travelling with
- He then took his top off before launching his watch at the doors of the tram
- He got off it and then smashed windows of the tram with rocks and punches
- One of the flying rocks hit terrified passenger Steve Todd, 26, in the face
Shocking footage shows a man going berserk on a tram in Manchester – smashing windows and throwing rocks at terrified passengers.
Witnesses said the man appeared to get in an argument with a woman and two men he was travelling with about 7pm last night.
In the video the agitated man is seen taking off his top, shouting, swearing and launching his watch at tram doors – while one of his friends shouts ‘stop winding him up’.
When the tram pulled into the Newton Heath tram stop, he got off and then stood on the tracks in front of it, witnesses say.
He then came back onto the platform and in a wild rage smashed two windows with punches and rocks.
One of the terrified passengers Steve Todd, 26, was hit in the face by one of the flying rocks.
Thomas Bristow, deputy football editor at the Manchester Evening News, was on board and said he considered pressing the emergency button, but feared it would make the situation worse.
‘The guy started headbutting the window,’ he said.
‘It was really hard, I was surprised he was still standing.
‘People were quite scared.’
‘I stepped out to see what was going on,’ said Thomas.
‘I was waiting for the tram to go when I realised he was throwing rocks at the tram.
‘One went through the window and hit one poor guy in the head.’
In the video the agitated man is seen taking off his top, shouting, swearing and launching his watch at tram doors – while one of his friends shouts ‘stop winding him up’
When the tram pulled into the Newton Heath tram stop, he got off and then stood on the tracks in front of it. He then came back onto the platform and in a wild rage smashed two windows with punches and rocks
The shocking incident took place on the Rochdale and Oldham line as the tram was heading towards the city centre and was recorded by passenger Hayley Platt.
When the tram pulled into Central Park, opposite Greater Manchester Police headquarters, the driver told passengers to get off as it would need to be taken out of service due to the damage.
It is believed at least one passenger called police.
Mr Todd, was on his way into the city centre from Rochdale for a night out with his girlfriend when he was hit by the rock.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said he didn’t want to let it spoil the evening and would go for a medical check up in the morning.
‘The rock came straight through the window and grazed my left eye,’ said Steve.
‘It hit another lady and the window fully shattered.
‘There was some blood but I’ll be OK.’
Steve said he had ‘no idea’ what caused the man’s outburst, although reports from other witnesses suggest he might have had mental health issues.
One of the terrified passengers Steve Todd, 26, was hit in the face during the incident on the Rochdale and Oldham line as the tram was heading towards the city centre
Greater Manchester Police have been approached by MailOnline for information about the incident.
The man’s outburst comes just days after Charlotte Green, a local democracy reporter for the Manchester Evening News, was sexually harassed as she travelled home from work.
The man is seen in footage Miss Green recorded continually pestering her and making lewd remarks.
The appalling behaviour continued for 15 minutes until the man got off at Exchange Square.
It is now being investigated by Greater Manchester Police.
Mr Todd said the latest incident would make him ‘think twice’ about using the tram service again.
‘The lack of security is a big issue,’ he said.
‘If idiots get on, there’s no one controlling them.’
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