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Ascot - 19 Dec 08

Racegoers assaulted when making way home from Ascot on December 19

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Police investigate assault on racegoers

POLICE are investigating an assault on four middle-aged racegoers while making their way home from the Ascot meeting on the Friday before Christmas.

The victims, aged between 49 and 56, were set upon at Earley railway station in Berkshire just after 5pm on December 19 by a group of younger men who got off the same train from Ascot.

The attackers approached the group and stole one of the victim's hats, sparking an argument which led to the assault.

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident in which one man was pushed over and punched in the face, leaving him with a black-eye.

Another was pushed against a wall by his throat and repeatedly punched in the face.

BTP officers want to trace three white men in their 20s. One is described as being over 6ft tall with black hair and wearing a dark blue suit. They also want to speak to another white man, possibly in his 40s or 50s. He is described as being short, of heavy-build, with close-cropped, possibly balding hair.

Investigating officer, PC Salli Ward, said: "This was an unprovoked and vicious attack on a group of friends who were simply returning after a day out at the races.

"We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into this incident and we know that there were a number of people both on the train and the platform at the time.

"I would urge anyone who may have any information about what happened to come forward and contact police."

The BTP can be reached on 0800 405 040 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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