Football fans wanted over abuse on train

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Football supporters are being hunted by police after shouting abuse at passengers on a train then throwing missiles at carriages after alighting.

The group of between 10 and 12 fans, travelling between Sheffield and Kiveton Bridge, became rowdy and abusive, and one made a racist remark to another passenger.

PC Richard Ward, investigating officer for British Transport Police, said: “The group, who boarded the train in Sheffield, were rowdy and boisterous throughout the journey, singing and shouting football songs.

“One used an air horn.

“When they alighted the service at Kiveton Bridge, they began banging on the train windows; one man then pulled up plants from the station and threw them at the train. The same man is then alleged to have racially abused a passenger. As the train departed a number of other unknown items were also hurled at the carriages.”

BTP have launched an investigation into the incident and are currently reviewing CCTV pictures and taking witness statements.

The incident took place on the 10.44 service from Sheffield to Retford on Tuesday, August 13.

PC Ward added: “We would like to hear from anyone who was travelling on the service, or was at the station who may have witnessed the incident.

“We would also like to trace the man who was abused on the train so we can offer him support for what must have been a horribly unpleasant experience.

“We take all allegations of anti-social behaviour, racial intolerance and football-related disorder on the rail network very seriously.”

Witnesses should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, text 61016, quoting reference B4/NEA of 13/08/13.