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This photo shows the shocking moment an elderly man put a young boy in an armlock on a train – because he wouldn’t take his feet off the seat.
The man, believed to be in his 70s, is understood to have confronted the child and his friends on the service from Clitheroe, Lancashire, to Manchester on Friday, the Mirror reports.
The three boys, thought to be aged eight to 11, got on the train at Blackburn and were travelling without parents. According to reports, the children had been sitting with their feet on the seats, and were approached by the man who asked them to put them down.
One student, who was sat behind the boys, said the boys refused to move their feet.
He told Manchester Evening News:
They were being quite cocky.
He [the man] threatened them with a ‘clip around the ear’ and then went and sat back down. The children then put their feet back up and wouldn’t take them down. The guy then went over again and tried to take their feet down.
At this point, the man is alleged to have put one of the boys into an arm lock.
A photo of the incident was taken by one of the other children and shared on social media.
The witness added that the incident was reported to the company, but the situation was handled poorly.
The British Transport Police has confirmed it is investigating the alleged assault, while Northern Rail is also looking into the incident.