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Man assaulted on tram after challenging smoker

February 25, 2013, 12:53 pm

An off duty police officer was assaulted after challenging a man about smoking on the tram.

At about 1am on Saturday 23 February 2013, the 45-year-old off duty officer was with two friends on the tram at Altrincham station.

A group of about six men were on the platform, one of who was smoking at the doors to the tram.

The man informed him that he was not allowed to smoke on the tram or the platform, prompting the offender to become verbally abusive.

As the tram set off, the man identified himself as a police officer and asked whether the man had a valid tram ticket, to which he replied “no”.

A second member from the group then started acting aggressively towards the man due to him being a police officer and he was then knocked to the floor.

The mans friend, a 48-year-old man, intervened and was also knocked to the ground. During the ensuing melee both the off duty officer and his friend were assaulted, with the former suffering cuts and bruises and the latter sustaining two black eyes and a cut to his nose.

Detective Constable Lee Attenborough, said: “The victim took exception to the offenders loutish behaviour and when he challenged them was met with a barrage of abuse.

“This continued when he identified himself as a police officer and even led to him and his friend being assaulted.

“If anyone recognises anyone from the CCTV images I would urge them to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7640, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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