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A vandal attack at a busy Melbourne railway station overnight appears to be linked to an incident at the station earlier in the week in which part of a man’s hand was severed while he was allegedly running away from police.
North Melbourne railway station was trashed overnight, with police and Metro targeted in numerous graffiti attacks all over the platforms.
‘‘A man is chased under a train by inspectors ... and cops... NO EXCUSE,’’ the vandalism reads.
‘‘We are not going to wait for someone to die to take action,’’ reads another.
An 18-year-old Brunswick West man and a 23-year-old Northcote woman are being questioned by police over the vandal attack, which occurred before 4.30am today.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said a group of youths smashed glass panels and extensively vandalised the station, including Myki ticketing machines. The youths were in danger of falling onto railway lines, forcing the closure of a number of platforms.
"This obviously had the potential to injure people so [platforms] were closed," the spokeswoman said.
"We currently have a man and a woman assisting with inquiries but half the station is blocked and commuters have to use the old concourse entry on Dynon Road to get through, not the main entrance."
Police are still at the railway station, however Metro says there are no delays on any lines passing through North Melbourne railway station.
Police will examine CCTV footage of the attack.
On Monday, a man lost part of his hand after falling from a platform while allegedly running away from police.
Police said two officers were walking towards the man for a routine check-up when the man tried to get back on the train and fell on to the track. Part of his hand was severed by the moving carriage.
The man, aged in his 30s, was treated by paramedics at the station and then taken to hospital.
Anyone with information about this morning’s vandal attack should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit http://www.crimestoppers.com.au.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/vandal-attack-shuts-key-rail-platforms-20111221-1p4g9.html
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