CCTV released after boy, 14, is attacked

The suspect on the train from Fratton to Cosham
The suspect on the train from Fratton to Cosham
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THIS man is being hunted by police after a 14-year-old boy was attacked on a train.

The victim, who has not been named and is from Drayton, Portsmouth, was travelling on a train towards Fratton with two 13-year-old boys and a young girl when the assault happened.

Two men boarded the train at Fratton and started making lewd comments towards the young girl.

When the victim asked the men to stop he was hit in the face several times and left with a bloody nose.

The two other boys were also grabbed, pushed and threatened by the men when the train arrived at Cosham.

The boys left the train and reported the incident to officers at the station but the men had fled.

A search of the area was conducted but the men could not be found.

Now the British Transport Police have released this CCTV image of one of the suspects in the incident, which happened at about 9pm on February 17.

PC Rob Darkin, based at Portsmouth BTP station in Commercial Road, said: ‘This was a deeply unpleasant and nasty attack on a young boy who was clearly unable to defend himself.

‘While his friends were unharmed, their experience was equally distressing and we will do everything we can to locate those responsible.

‘We want to identify the man pictured in the CCTV images and speak to him in connection with this incident.’

Call BTP with information on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B3/LSA of 12/03/12.