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Police Appeal After Unprovoked Attack

Friday November 7 2014




TRANSPORT police have appealed for witnesses after an incident on a train after last weekend's South Yorkshire derby clash between Sheffield United and Barnsley.

The victim, a Sheffield United fan, was travelling home with his wife on the busy Sheffield to Leeds train which was packed with fans.

When the train approached the couple's stop at Chapeltown, a man deliberately blocked their path before the victim's glasses were smashed.

The offender then attempted to bend back the victim's hand, which caused an injury to his knuckles and resulted in the couple missing their stop.

Investigating officer PC Richard Ward said: "The couple managed to move away from the offender who followed them through the train and then pulled the victim’s hair.

"It was only thanks to the assistance of other passengers who restrained the offender that the couple were finally able to exit the train at the next stop, Elsecar."

The suspect is described as white, of medium build, around 5ft 8ins, aged in his early 20s, with a round face and small eyes. He was wearing a long-sleeved, knitted or fleece-type white top and a blue baseball cap.



PC Ward added: "We are appealing to anyone who was on train at the time and who saw what happened to come forward and help us with our enquiries."

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or by texting 61016, quoting background reference PSUB/B3 of 06/11/14.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Reply Posted by kath on Friday November 7 2014 at 10:10
Why didn't someone tell one of the guards on the train they then ring the police and wait for the train at the stop ....or one of the many people on the train take a sly picture !!!!

Reply Posted by Softlass on Friday November 7 2014 at 11:06
The only loonies around here are those who think of this council, or the Labour Party for that matter, as in any way left. They are to the left of the Tories, though trying not to appear so and obviously to the left of Loony UKIP and EDL but they are to the right of the German National Socialist Party so that's not too hsrd. It just goes to show how far this country has lurched to the right when a council that closes Remploy and promises to close Barnsley's last dedicated employer of disabled people is thought of as left. Also it may have escaped your notice that knighthoods are not generally bestowed upon leaders of the loony left.

Reply Posted by Confused on Friday November 7 2014 at 15:08
@Softlass

Are you an MP yourself? If not why don't you give it a go.....your talking as much sense as they do so I think you'd fit in really well.

As for the original post I hope they catch that loonie

Reply Posted by Realist on Friday November 7 2014 at 15:14
CCTV on trains, try that? But I suppose when our trains in the north have been called Cattle Trucks by Nick Clegg explains a lot.

Reply Posted by Observer on Friday November 7 2014 at 21:25
I know some may not like. Or maybe understand this comment but, i would have thiught it very foolish to travel on a train, full of barnsley fans. WeRing some sheffield colours. Sometimes you have to look at the risks. I feel sorry for the guy, but come on?

Reply Posted by Alice on Saturday November 8 2014 at 10:15
This is idiotic - people have the right to go where they want, wearing what they want. This sort of tribalism should have been left behind in the 1970s. It's only football, and lower-league football at that.

Reply Posted by simon on Saturday November 8 2014 at 17:28
I'd have pulled the emergency stop button the police would have come out then to catch this coward, bending hands back, smashing glasses and pulling hair?

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Saturday November 8 2014 at 17:40
Hope someone hands this scumbag into the police.Society is sick to the teeth with animals like this man in our communities.

Reply Posted by charlie on Sunday November 9 2014 at 16:30
Or maybe this is the same couple who were "dingle this dingle that" the whole journey? Both sides of the story.

Reply Posted by ......?????? on Sunday November 9 2014 at 16:45
Come On Charlie this kind of banter is football fans at there best. To allegedly attack a person takes it to the lowest level.

I'm a Dingle and proud

Reply Posted by Onlyme on Sunday November 9 2014 at 21:14
The dingles live in Penistone , mainly a SWFC area in my opinion