Men hunted after Sunderland v Arsenal train station bottle attack

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DETECTIVES are hunting football hooligans at the centre of a bottle attack at a train station.

British Transport Police have launched an investigation after trouble flared at Northallerton station following the Sunderland-Arsenal game in London.

CCTV footage shows a fight breaking out between Black Cats and Manchester United supporters, with one fan suffering a head injury after a bottle was thrown during the scuffle.

Detective Constable Wayne Green, who is investigating the case, said: “A number of Sunderland fans were travelling back from London after watching their team play Arsenal away.

“A number of youths, believed to be Manchester United supporters from Northallerton, boarded the train at York.

“As the train pulled into Northallerton a scuffle broke out between the two groups in the vestibule area of the train.

“A glass beer bottle is then believed to have been thrown by one of the group of Manchester supporters as they left the train.

“The bottle hit one of the opposing group on the head.

“The Sunderland fans then ran off the train and chased and attacked the other group in and around Northallerton station.” Officers have released images of suspects they would like to speak to in connection with the attack, which took place at about 10.40pm on Saturday, August 18. “I am keen to identify the men in these images as I believe they will have information which can assist us,” said Det Con Green.

Anyone who can identify of the men, or their current whereabouts, is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

During calls, quote incident reference number NEA3 of October 10, 2012, and the photo number.

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