A MAN travelling on a train with his teenage daughter claims “a gun was fired”, shattering the train window.

The window had a small hole through it, thought to be a bullet hole.

The Westcliff man, who did not want to be named, told the Echo he, and his daughter, were left petrified.

He said: “I was coming back from a day out in London with my 16-year-old daughter on the C2C train when we heard a great big bang.

“We’ve looked up and seen the window opposite us shattered with what looked like a bullet hole.

“It looked as if someone had fired a gun or high-powered rifle.

“I was very shocked.

“My daughter had her headphones in and she heard it and jumped.

“The train was in motion about to stop at Benfleet.”

The dad called the British Transport Police and told a C2C staff member when he got off the train at Westcliff but hasn’t heard anything back.

The incident took place on Sunday.

The father and daughter got on the 1.59pm c2c train from London Fenchurch Street to Southend.

He added: “It’s quite scary really and lucky that no one was sitting in that seat as the hole is in line with where someone’s head would be had they been sitting there.

“The hole is quite significant and the way the cracks around the hole have this spiderweb-effect it’s hard to believe it’s just a stone.

“You can see the impact is head on.”

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

Alternatively, contact crime fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously ion 08000 555 111, or by visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.