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UK police hunt Irish rugby fans after assault on train passenger

Officers believe the men attended the England v Ireland rugby match at Twickenham before the attack.

rugby fans.jpg-pwrt3 CCTV images of the two men police say were involved in the attack. Source: British Transport Police

BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE are appealing for help identifying two men who attacked a train passenger after he took issue with one of them vomiting on the carriage floor.

The 58-year-old man was attacked by the two men on 27 February as the train travelled between Sanderstead and Riddlesdown in London.

Officers believe the men responsible boarded the train at Clapham Junction after attending the England v Ireland rugby match at Twickenham. In images released by authorities, one of the men can clearly be seen sporting an Ireland rugby jersey.

The victim was punched and pushed to the floor by the men who “only ceased their assault when other passengers intervened”.

“The victim sustained cuts and bruises to his face and went to hospital for assessment. Fortunately his injuries were not serious,” commented detective sergeant Sarah Garden.

The chances of becoming a victim of violent crime are low on the rail network, and we work hard to ensure the railway remains a safe place. I think the men in the images we are issuing today will be able to help with our investigation. Please tell us who they are.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference 171 of 4/4/16. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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