Police hunting derby day thugs who attacked teenager

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DERBY day football fans who damaged two trains and punched a teenager in the head are being hunted by police.

Officers have pledged to catch the fans behind the trouble and today urged witnesses to come forward.

On March 4, a Metro dedicated to getting SAFC fans from Sunderland to Newcastle had a window pushed out and another damaged.

A normal Metro service which left South Hylton at 10.17am and went on to Newcastle Airport was also damaged.

Ceiling panels were dislodged and graffiti daubed in the carriage during the journey.

After the match, at about 3.20pm, a teenager was attacked at Central Station.

The 18-year-old had got on a Metro when a crowd of people, believed to be football supporters, flocked on to the platform and tried to get on the train.

A man got inside and punched the victim in the head, causing swelling and bruising.

Chief Superintendent Dave Pryer said: “After the match we said we would be further investigating incidents which happened both before and after the football had finished.

“We’ve now been able to make progress into investigations into the incidents reported and inquiries are ongoing into each of them to trace the people responsible.

“Tens of thousands of people were at the football match and many more were watching it at licensed premises across the region.

“Given the large numbers of spectators, the numbers of incidents and arrests made was comparatively low and the vast majority of fans were well behaved.

“However, there is no place for any disorderly, threatening or violent behaviour and we’re doing everything possible to ensure those individuals who caused issues on the day are dealt with appropriately.

“I’d appeal for any witnesses to any of these incidents, or anyone with information to get in touch with police.”

In total, 18 people were arrested on the day of the match, including two on suspicion of assault, two for breaching banning orders, and one for going on to the playing area.

Any witnesses to the damage and assault incidents are asked to contact police on 101.

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