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A BRUTAL gang attack at an eastern suburbs train station has been caught on video.
The incident has left a Blackburn South man in his 50s in a coma, after a frenzied attack by up to nine youths at Holmesglen railway station in Malvern East.
A Glen Waverley man, aged in his 40s, also was seriously wounded in the assault.
The grainy image captured by Connex security cameras does not clearly identify the attackers, but Transit Police detectives were hoping strong leads yesterday would lead to arrests.
MICA paramedics were called to the station soon after 11.30pm on Friday in response to the vicious pack assault.
Blood stains on the platform yesterday led to a nearby lane where the men tried to flee their attackers.
The Blackburn South man was listed as critical in Royal Melbourne Hospital yesterday. His companion was reported as serious at Box Hill Hospital.
Police would not confirm whether Transit Police detectives were expected to make any arrests or discuss reasons for the attack.
"Police are still trying to establish the circumstances of the assault," police media spokeswoman Christine Panayatou said.
Police were also uncertain about the weapons used in the attack, although both men suffered cuts and bruising, she said.
"We're appealing to any witnesses who were on the platform at the time to help us with our inquiries," she said.
Connex spokesman Andrew Cassidy said the station was cordoned off and Glen Waverley line trains were halted for 40 minutes after the incident.
Security at the station could be reviewed depending on the police investigation, he said.
The Holmesglen station is not staffed, despite being a regional crime hot spot. Train operator Connex confirmed it had been earmarked for safety improvements.
"Holmesglen is one of the stations that will have staff during weekday morning peaks as part of a program that is rolling out from this month," Mr Cassidy said.
Mr Cassidy said 100 new "Safe Travel" officers - transferred from other parts of the company - would start patrolling trains and stations from early next year, including a greater presence on transport after 9pm.
Mr Cassidy said in the next two years Holmesglen would also benefit from a rotating program to ensure at least 20 stations across the network were staffed at weekday peaks.
It is a year since police arrested members of a teenage gang accused of a series of armed robberies at eastern suburban train stations.
In those attacks, hunting knives and baseball bats were used to threaten men leaving train stations alone at night.
The attacks involved mostly Asian and Indian victims at Glen Waverley line stations Hughesdale and Jordanville.
In another incident at the Holmesglen platform in July 2000, an empty train hit a stationary passenger train injuring 11.
A pub dispute in Melbourne's east ended with two young men being admitted to hospital after they were struck outside with a baseball bat.
A companion suffered minor injuries after the trio, all in their 20s, were attacked by two carloads of youths not far from The Pavillion on Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, about 2am on Saturday.
Doncaster Detective Senior Constable Peter Leighton said five attackers, one carrying a baseball bat, travelled in a dark blue Mitsubishi Lancer and a maroon Ford Falcon.
The victims left hospital after treatment for concussion, bruising and cuts, he said.
Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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