Police hunt football yobs who abused woman on train from Rotherham to Sheffield

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Police are trying to trace football yobs who hurled abuse at a Rotherham woman and her two sons.

The incident occurred on board the 9.27am train from Rotherham to Sheffield on Saturday, August 15.

British Transport Police said the woman was faced with a ‘barrage of foul language and abuse’ after she asked a group of football fans, who were being rowdy, to quieten down.

Then woman and her sons also had beer cars hurled at them.

PC Emma Williamson said: “The victim asked the group of football supporters, who were behaving in a rowdy manner, to quieten down. Her request was met with a barrage of foul language and abuse.

“She left the train at Sheffield to board the front carriage to Nottingham.

“The same group followed the victim and her sons, aged 15 and 19, on board and threw empty beer cans at them.

“As the group left the carriage one of the men pulled earphones from the 19 year old’s ears.

“This is a typical example of the intimidating and loutish behaviour by a minority of football fans that we are working hard to stamp out.

“Fear and intimidation through rowdy and unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.

“No one should have to listen to foul and abusive language or face abuse when they politely request it to stop. It is vital we find those responsible.”

The man who grabbed the boy’s earphones was white, around 5ft 8ins tall, with short, greying hair.

He was in his mid 40s, of a stocky build and was wearing a light coloured top at the time.

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or text 61016 quoting reference PSUB/B6 of 08/09/2015.

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