Updated: Saturday, 18th November 2017 @ 8:06am

'Lout' assaults off-duty police officer on Manchester tram after being confronted over smoking

'Lout' assaults off-duty police officer on Manchester tram after being confronted over smoking

By Danielle Wainwright

An off-duty police officer was assaulted in Manchester on Saturday by a 'loutish' tram passenger who became aggressive after being asked to stop smoking.

The incident occurred at about 1am on Saturday February 23, when the 45-year-old off-duty officer was on a tram heading towards Altrincham station.

The officer confronted a man he saw smoking in front of the tram doors and told him that he was not allowed to smoke on the tram or the platform.

As the tram set off, the officer identified himself and asked whether the man had a valid tram ticket, to which he replied ‘no’.

The man, who was with six other people, then became agitated and angry, eventually assaulting the off-duty officer.

Detective Constable Lee Attenborough, said: “The victim took exception to the offenders loutish behaviour and when he challenged them was met with a barrage of abuse.

“This continued when he identified himself as a police officer and even led to him and his friend being assaulted.”

A second member from the group then started acting aggressively towards the man because he was a police officer and he was knocked to the floor.

The officer was travelling with two friends, one of whom was knocked to the ground after intervening. During the ensuing melee both the off-duty officer and his friend were assaulted, with the former suffering cuts and bruises and the latter sustaining two black eyes and a cut to his nose.

Detective Constable Attenborough has urged any witnesses who recognise the offenders to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7640, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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