A GANG of young thugs who attacked a train security guard at Formby railway station have been identified by police.
The Champion reported last week how a shocking video emerged on social media showing a group of around six teenagers intimidating, kicking and chasing the Merseyrail staff member up the steps at the station at 7.37pm on Sunday, April 3.
In an update issued by Merseyside Police, the force said the yobs “should expect to receive a visit from us in the near future.”
In a Facebook post by Sefton Police, a spokesperson, added: “We are supporting British Transport Police in their investigation into the recent incident where railway employees were intimidated by a large group of youths on Formby Railway Station.
“Several of the youths involved, male and female, have now been identified. These individuals should expect to receive a visit from us in the near future.
“Should they wish to avoid the disruption of us at their family home, they can hand themselves in at the enquiry office of any of our police stations. If of course, we haven’t visited first.
“Investigations continue to identify more individuals involved in this incident.”
The incident appeared to start with the gang walking towards the guard next to the platform, but things start to escalate when one of the thugs aims a kick at him as they reach the steps.
During the footage, shouts can be heard from the gang including “do him now” and “get off our station lad” as they start to chase him up towards a ticket booth.
The thugs then back the security guard into a corner at the station entrance where they attempted to kick him again.
With the help of another staff member, the guard manages to escape behind a locked door as the yobs try to kick it down before laughing.
After the footage was posted on Twitter, Merseyside Police responded by posting: “Rest assured the incident is being investigated by British Transport Police with our support.”
A post from British Transport Police said: “We are appealing for witnesses and information following a rail staff assault at Formby station.
“Officers are also keen to hear from anyone with footage of the incident.