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.”