Detectives investigating a serious assault on a West Ham fan at Manchester’s Piccadilly train station have released CCTV images of the men they want to speak to.
The group, thought to be Stoke City supporters, were caught on camera just moments after the attack which happened at about 8.30pm on Saturday August 28 as West Ham fans travelled home after their game at Manchester United. The same day Stoke fans were travelling back north after their team played Chelsea.
The victim, a 40-year-old man from London, was on the 8.30pm Piccadilly to London Euston service, when a group of five men singled him out and punched him 20 times repeatedly in the head, causing cuts and bruising to his face.
Detective Constable Dave Cowan, investigating for BTP, said: “Following the assault the attackers left the train to catch another service.
“It is vital we trace those responsible as we simply will not tolerate any level of violence on the railway.
“We believe the man captured by CCTV may have key information about the incident and I urge anyone who recognises him, or who has information about the incident to come forward.”