14-year-old boy punched in face in Doncaster train attack

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A 14-year-old boy has been allegedly attacked by a group of teenagers on a train travelling towards Doncaster. 
The disorder began at around 4.30pm on Saturday, February 21 on a train travelling between Meadowhall and Doncaster.

British Transport Police (BTP) have today launched an appeal to find the boy’s attackers.

Investigating officer Sandra Murray said: “The 14-year-old victim was with friends at Meadowhall station when a group of six boys, aged between 10 and 16, barged past him.

“Once on the train the group threw sweets at passengers, rang the bell on a cycle which did not belong to them and used foul and abusive language, annoying fellow passengers. The victim challenged them about their behaviour and they began to target their abuse at him.

“Once the group left the train at Doncaster they followed the victim and his friends and surrounded him before one of the group slapped and punched the victim in the face before running off.

“I am now appealing to anyone who might have witnessed this assault or unruly behaviour to come forward.”

The boy who assaulted the victim is described as white, aged between 12 and 14, of slim build, 5ft 7ins with short blond spiky hair.

He was wearing a dark grey hooded top and jeans

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B4 of 10/03/15.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.