Police appeal after 'tram surfer' gang's 'nasty attack' on conductor

Police are urging witnesses to come forward after a tram conductor was assaulted by a group of men in Sheffield.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 4:23 pm

It is reported that at 9.10pm last night (Tuesday, January 19), the Supertram worker was attacked while the tram was waiting at the City Hall stop, bound for Malin Bridge.

After police arrived at the scene four men - two aged 18, the others 19 and 23 - were arrested on suspicion of assault.

They remain in custody at this time, South Yorkshire Police confirmed.

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The 'nasty' attack broke out at the City Hall tramstop.

The victim, a 56-year-old man, received medical treatment for minor injuries at the scene.

Chief Inspector Sarah Gilmour said: “This was a really nasty attack on a man who was simply trying to do his job as part of our vital public transport network.

“We believe one or more of the suspects may have been ‘tram-surfing’ prior to the assault, which in layman’s terms means hanging off the back and sides of a tram while it’s moving.

“We know from CCTV footage that there were a number of people on the tram at the time, who may have seen what happened.

“I understand some people may feel uncomfortable reporting things to us, but I would ask these people to please get in touch and share any information they can, in the strictest confidence.”

If you can help with the investigation, you are urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 931 of Tuesday, January 19.

Alternatively you can also call Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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