Woman pictured in Dartford train 'assault' CCTV claims she was acting in self-defence (From This Is Local London)
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Woman pictured in train attack CCTV claims she was acting in 'self-defence'
A woman shown in CCTV pictures following an alleged train assault has defended her and her family's actions as self-defence.
Yesterday (June 26), News Shopper appealed for witnesses to the incident, which happened on April 5 on the 9.56pm Charing Cross to Dartford service.
According to PC Jason Weston-Collinson, a couple on the train were subjected to a "violent and sustained attack" which meant both victims had to be hospitalised.
But Amy Kinsella called News Shopper today (June 27) after seeing images of herself, her brother and her father circulating online as people police wanted to trace.
She said she was out with family celebrating her mother's birthday on the night of the incident and boarded the train at Greenwich.
Ms Kinsella said she was sitting on the train when a "drunk" couple started "swearing abuse" at her and her mother, sparking an argument.
She said: "She got up and slapped me. Obviously that led to a fight. We basically just had each other's hair."
Ms Kinsella then said her brother, also pictured in the appeal, stepped in, thinking the man was going to attack his mother. This sparked a futrther fight between the two men.
She added: "My dad was trying to break it up."
Ms Kinsella said that afterwards the family moved further down the carriage and the couple got off at the next stop.
And the 20-year-old said she was shocked to see her picture spreading on the internet, months after the incident.
She said: "I didn't think it was a massive thing. Neither of them were severely beaten up. I was completely shaken when I found out about this.
"I've never had a fight in my whole life. I'm obviously really shaken up by it all."
British Transport Police say they have identified the three people two men and a woman in connection with an alleged assault on a couple on board a Charing Cross train to Dartford.
They say the three people will be interviewed in due course.
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference SSUB/B4 of 11/06/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.