Attacked over plea for quiet

A TEENAGER was punched and bitten by a group of football fans after he politely asked them to quieten down on a train carriage.

Seven men boarded the 7.47pm Victoria to Eastbourne train at Clapham Junction on March 6.

The group became rowdy, chanting football songs and making rude remarks to each other, so the 18-year-old victim asked them to be quiet.

They quietened down for a while before becoming rowdy again between Lewes and Eastbourne.

The Eastbourne teen approached the group for a second time and he was bombarded with racist remarks and threats of violence.

One of the men then shoved and punched the victim, knocking him to fall to the floor, and bit him three times in the face.

The group of men then left the train at Polegate.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the unprovoked attack.

The victim left the service at Eastbourne and made his way to Eastbourne hospital, where he received medical treatment for cuts and bruises to his face.

PC Sarah Burfoot said, “This was an unprovoked attack on a young manv who simply asked the group to quieten down.

“We are currently making local enquiries and would like to hear from anyone with information that could assist our investigation into this incident.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number B8 of 30/03/2011, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.