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Five teenagers sentenced for violent attack - Guildford railway station

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Five teenagers have been sentenced for a sustained and vicious attack against a member of the public, rail staff and police officers at Guildford railway station.

The children, who were all aged under 16 at the time of the offence, approached a man who was standing on his own on the platform on 1 March this year.

One of them began rifling through his bag whilst another filmed him, and then one of the girls tried to punch him. The group all then became verbally and physically aggressive towards the victim, threatening and physically assaulting him.

The man tried to defend himself by raising his hands but did not retaliate physically.

A woman who was on a train about to depart the station was so concerned by what was happening that she left the train and called 999 for help. Other members of the public and rail staff also called the police.

BTP officers and Surrey Police officers arrived at the scene and approached the group. They attempted to engage with the youths however this was met with hostility, verbal abuse and violence and resulted in five police officers being assaulted by various members of the group.

 This included one of the girls kicking a female officer in her leg and chest and repeatedly biting the officer’s hand.

Another girl pushed a member of rail staff and tried to kick and bite a police officer’s hand, as well as scratching an officer’s hand when she was in custody, which caused two deep wounds.

One of the girls repeatedly punched a female officer in the chest and kicked her.

All five teenagers – a 14-year-old boy, 15-year-old  boy, 14-year-old girl, and 16-year-old girl all from Goldaming in Surrey and a 13-year-old girl from Guildford were arrested.

They pleaded guilty at Guildford Youth Court on 12 July and were sentenced at the same hearing.

The 14-year-old boy was convicted of affray, assaulting police and common assault and given a youth rehabilitation order.

The 15-year-old boy was convicted of affray and given a nine month youth offending service contract.

A 14-year-old boy was convicted of affray and assaulting police and given a nine month youth offending service contract.

A 16-year-old girl was convicted of affray, common assault and two counts of assaulting a police officer. She was given a youth rehabilitation order.

 A 13-year-old girl was convicted of affray and assaulting police. She was given a nine month youth offending service contract.

They pleaded guilty at Guildford Youth Court on 12 July and were sentenced at the same hearing.

Investigating officer, Sgt Tim Pulleyn, said: “This incident began as a sustained and unprovoked assault on a lone member of public who was travelling through the station.

 “Officers who attempted to speak to the group of suspects were met with aggression, verbal abuse and physical violence. The behaviour of the group was wholly unacceptable throughout.

"British Transport Police does not tolerate violence and anti-social behaviour on the rail network and will always relentlessly gather evidence in order to ensure that those responsible are convicted for offences that they commit."

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