Police appeal for information after man attacked by group on train – Ormskirk/Walton/Liverpool

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Police appeal for information after man attacked by group on train – Ormskirk/Walton/Liverpool

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after a man was assaulted on a train between Ormskirk and Liverpool on Saturday, 8 June.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, and are also asking for another victim to come forward.

Detective Constable Jeff Preston is investigating. He explained: “The victim, a 23-year-old man from Liverpool, boarded a service at Ormskirk at around 9.20pm

“A group of between 10 and 12 men also boarded the Liverpool-bound service at the station.

“Whilst on the train, the group appeared to be drunk and were acting in a disorderly manner. One of the group was also heard to be speaking loudly on his phone and the victim made comments about the men’s behaviour to a fellow passenger.”

The victim was then punched in the face by the man on the phone who challenged his comments. He was then assaulted by other members of the group, causing him to receive facial injuries. The group left the train at Walton, before boarding another carriage and assaulting another man, who is yet to be identified, before leaving the station. Police are keen to trace the second victim, as well as hear from people travelling on the service.

DC Preston continued: “The man who punched the victim in the face is described as 6ft, with short greying hair and was wearing a dark suit and a pastel coloured shirt. He is thought to be in his mid thirties to early forties.

“The rest of the group are described as wearing suits, and are thought to be aged in their mid twenties to forties.

The victim received a cut lip, black eye and swollen jaw as a result of the attack and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“The train was quite busy at the time, so I’m sure people will have seen what happened.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B9/NWA of 19/06/2013. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111

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