Men sought after fan attacked on Manchester train

Three of the wanted men
Image caption Three of the men wanted by British Transport Police

Police hunting football hooligans who viciously attacked a West Ham fan on a train in Manchester have released CCTV images of men they want to speak to.

The 40-year-old had boarded a Euston-bound train at Piccadilly on 28 August when he was attacked by a gang of five men, thought to be Stoke City fans.

He was punched 20 times in the head and left with cuts and bruises on his face.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the train had been busy and a small number of fans had seemed intent on trouble.

Det Con Dave Cowan, investigating for BTP, said: "A group of five men singled out the West Ham fan and punched him repeatedly to the head, striking him an estimated 20 times and causing cuts and bruises to his face.

Image caption The men are believed to be Stoke City fans

"Following the assault the attackers left the train to catch another service."

He added: "It is vital we trace those responsible as we simply will not tolerate any level of violence on the railway.

"We believe the men captured by CCTV may have key information about the incident and I urge anyone who recognises them, or who has information about the incident to come forward."

The attack happened as West Ham fans travelled home after their game with Manchester United.

The same day Stoke fans were travelling back north after their team played Chelsea.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

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