POLICE are hunting a man who threw a smoke bomb at football fans after the Sunderland v Newcastle United youth game last month.
British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for help to identify a man they would like to speak to after the canister was thrown at a group of supporters at Stadium of Light Metro station in Sunderland.
The incident happened just after 8.15pm on Thursday, February 5, following the Sunderland v Newcastle under-18s fixture at the Stadium of Light.
Pc Michelle Clark said: “A group of supporters left the ground before the game had finished and headed to the station.
“Once in the station one of the group threw a smoke bomb off the platform, in the direction of a group of Sunderland supporters in the car park.
“The smoke bomb hit a wall and landed back onto the platform, close to where passengers were waiting for the next service.
Smoke bombs can be dangerous, as they burn at extremely high temperatures and are designed to be used in wide-open spaces, not confined areas like train stations.Pc Michelle Clark, British Transport Police
“The man boarded the 8.21pm service with the rest of the group and travelled into Newcastle, where he got off the service at Monument station at around 8.46pm.”
Pc Clark added: “Smoke bombs can be dangerous, as they burn at extremely high temperatures and are designed to be used in wide-open spaces, not confined areas like train stations.
“They are also hazardous for those with asthma or breathing difficulties and can cause panic in a tightly packed areas.
“We have undertaken a number of inquiries in an attempt to trace the man, but to no avail.
“If you recognise him please get in touch.”
If you know them men, or have any information about the incident, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 , text 61016 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
In all calls please quote PSUB/B9 of 2/3/2015.