Appeal after man attacked by Preston North End fans at Piccadilly station

CCTV image of man British Transport Police want to speak to about an attack in Piccadilly station
CCTV image of man British Transport Police want to speak to about an attack in Piccadilly station
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Police have launched an appeal after a group of Preston North End fans attacked a man in a train station.

British Transport Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the “football related violence”.

It happened on platforms 13 and 14 at Manchester Piccadilly station on Saturday August 29, at about 8.10pm.

Investigating officer PC David Cawley said: “A group of Preston North End football fans had been arguing with a Manchester City supporter when the verbal goading quickly escalated into violence which resulted in the lone Manchester City supporter being repeatedly kicked and punched.

“This violence took place on a busy platform on a Saturday night causing fear, alarm and distress to fellow passengers who were waiting for their train and were caught up in the frightening incident.

“In fact many had to move away so they were not harmed.

“Platforms 13 and 14 are satellite platforms with trains passing on either side increasing the danger to these innocent bystanders.

“The offenders boarded a Trans Pennine Express service to Preston which left Manchester Piccadilly at around 8.30pm, having been delayed due to the incident.”

Officers believe the man in the image could have vital information about what happened, and urge him or anyone who recognises him to come forward to help police with their inquiries.

Anyone who witnessed what happened is also asked to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B8 of 04/09/2015.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.