Three youths are being hunted by police after reports a train guard was assaulted and racially abused.
The three boys, who are thought to be around 15 or 16, boarded a train at Chapeltown and alighted at Meadowhall on Wednesday, March 9 around 9.45pm.
British Transport Police has said that the train guard asked the three boys for tickets. They refused to pay and hurled racist abuse.
As the train pulled up at Meadowhall, the three youths are said to have attacked the train guard throwing punches and hitting him on the neck.
Investigating officer PC Mark Mason said: “The three youths boarded a train at Chapeltown to Meadowhall without tickets. When challenged by the train guard during a routine ticket check they subjected him to racist abuse.
“When the train arrived into Meadowhall the three teenagers then attacked the guard, throwing punches and hitting him on the neck.
“This was a frightening experience for the train guard who was left shaken by the actions of this group. The victim was simply doing his job and to be subjected to this kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable. No one should be made to feel fearful for their safety on the rail network. Please help us identify these young men.”
A spokesman for the BTP said the first youth is described as short, aged around 15, of medium build with brown hair. He was wearing a brown jacket, a woolly hat, and a brown cross body bag.
The second is aged around 16 with curly brown hair, a chubby build, approximately 6ft tall and was wearing a black or dark blue hoody, blue jeans and white trainers.
The third youth is around 16 years old, around 6ft 1ins in height, with brown hair, of a skinny build. He was wearing a hooded top with a black jacket over the top, black rimmed spectacles and blue jeans.
If you have any information about the incident, call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 154 of 21/4.
Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.