A group of teenagers cornered three passengers on a Croydon tram, and attacked them with poles, sticks and socks filled with ballast, pulling the emergency door release so the vehicle could not move on, and taking turns to attack the victims for ten minutes. One was kicked so hard against an internal glass door that it smashed. The tram, filled with terrified pasengers, sustained over £3,400 worth of damage and had to be taken out of service. A supposed 'revenge attack', the victims were in fact entirely unconnected with the earlier confrontation that had prompted the assault.
The six men were handed suspended jail sentences for violent disorder.
Detective Constable Ostin Elkins of British Transport Police said: "We welcome the sentences handed down."