Teenager injured in train carriage attack

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A DONCASTER teenager is today recovering at home after he was the victim of a rush-hour attack by another passenger on his train home.

British Transport Police ran to the platform after station staff reported the incident on Monday evening after the train, operated by First, had pulled into the station at Trafford Way.

The 15-year-old suffered bruising and swelling after another passenger allegedly struck him on the head onboard the train, which was travelling between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport.

It had been due to leave Doncaster at 5.42pm, but was delayed by around 15 minutes while police carried out inquiries at the scene.

An announcement onboard, in which staff apologised for the delay, described the cause as: “An incident on the train.”

One passenger who got on the train at Doncaster said: “It was clear something serious had happened.

“There were lots of police in high visibility jackets on the platform talking to people who looked like railway officials. I heard someone say they had seen the police running down the platform.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers met the train as it arrived in Doncaster around 5.42pm and spoke to a number of witnesses. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident so far.”

Detective Constable Ian Grice said: “We’re making a number of inquiries to establish the full circumstances, including what took place before, during and after the disturbance.

“We’ll also be viewing CCTV in the area to try to determine what happened.

“I would appeal to anyone who was on board the service or who has any further information that could help the investigation to contact police.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 528 of June 27.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.