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CCTV released after Manchester United fan targeted by City rivals

February 20, 2013, 3:35 pm

British Transport Police officers have released the CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following an assault on a train between Manchester and Chorley.

The incident happened at around 9pm on Saturday, 5 January, as the victim, a 31-year-old man from Chorley, travelled home from Manchester.

PC Gary Clarke said: “The victim was wearing a Manchester United scarf and was singled out for abuse by a group of Manchester City fans.

“Initially this was relatively good natured and the victim considered it banter.

“However, one member of the group became more aggressive and attempted to punch the victim. Fortunately his was able to move away from the group and left the train when it arrived at Chorley.”

Officers have carried out a number of enquiries and believe the man who tried to punch the victim left the train at Preston.

PC Clarke added: “As the offender got off the train at Preston it is possible he lives in the area, or at least knows someone who does.

“Through our investigation we have also isolated the man in the CCTV image as we believe he has vital information about the incident.”

If you recognise the man – or have any information about the incident, please call British Transport Police on0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log B11/NWA of 20/2/13.

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