A man has been hospitalised after a group of men attacked him on a train at Edmonton Green station.

Horrified passengers watched as the men descended on the 28-year-old victim, who was taken to hospital suffering from head injuries.

The attack took place on the train from London Liverpool Street to Enfield Town yesterday at 6.15pm.

Two windows on the train were smashed with baseball bats and poles, and the train was taken out of service.

A 23-year-old man from Mile End was arrested at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and causing grievous bodily harm.  He is currently in custody helping detectives with enquiries.

A British Transport Police spokesman appealed for information about two men believed to have made off from the scene across the tracks,

Onlookers posted accounts on social media site Twitter last night with many stating that the man had been stabbed.

@i_i_ishmail wrote on Twitter: “So someone gets stabbed on my train. Gangfight breaks out & ends up on the tracks with bats n all sorts. Oh I love thee #EdmontonGreen”.

@nataliegrainger: "stabbing at Edmonton Green on the train, gang running up the track with bats and all sorts. Trains being turned around."

Kayleigh Jade tweeted that passengers were locked on the train during the incident, causing “crushing, mass panic and hysteria”.

Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden also went on Twitter. He said: “This was a highly unusual incident and not a random attack. It appears a dispute on the train escalated when others were contacted by phone and met this train at Edmonton Green.

“My team of detectives will be carrying out a full investigation, including viewing CCTV from the train, station and surrounding area to determine exactly what took place.  We have also stepped up patrols in the area to reassure the local community.”