Police Search For Irish Rugby Fans Following Train Assault

Police in England are appealing for information after a train passenger was assaulted by two Irish rugby fans following a Six Nations rugby match in Twickenham.

The incident happened at around 11pm as the train travelled between Sanderstead and Riddlesdown on Saturday, 27 February.

The 58-year-old victim was assaulted by the two men, who police believe boarded the train at Clapham Junction after attending the England v Ireland match.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Garden said: "The victim was attacked after taking issue with one of the men who was vomiting on the carriage floor.

"He was punched and pushed to the floor by the men who only ceased their assault when other passengers intervened.

"The victim sustained cuts and bruises to his face and went to hospital for assessment. Fortunately his injuries were not serious.

The victim got off the train at Riddlesdown while his attackers left the train at Upper Warlingham.

CCTV images of the suspects have now been released and police are appealing for information.

DS Garden added: "The chances of becoming a victim of violent crime are low on the rail network, and we work hard to ensure the railway remains a safe place.

"I think the men in the images we are issuing today will be able to help with our investigation. Please tell us who they are?"

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference 171 of 4/4/16. Information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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