Two older men were beaten by a mob of 'laughing youths' who threw one of their victims onto train tracks after they were asked to stop vaping on a tram in England, according to reports.
The shocking incident unfolded on Saturday evening in Rochdale, a town in Greater Manchester.
Video footage purportedly shot at the scene shows a white-haired man on his hands and knees on a train platform moments before another man is shoved onto the tracks below.
"Finish work and get off the tram to this! First old man got punched to the ground and the other thrown off, they’re literally kids and was laughing about it! Hope someone knows them and shows their families. Newbold tram stop! Literally hate going outside my house anymore," wrote the witness who first posted the video on Facebook.
The woman later offered more context about the attack in comments to the Manchester Evening News.
"I got off the tram and saw the kid punch the old man to the ground and started filming to get their faces. I wasn't expecting the other man to be thrown off," she said.
"Everyone including the man who got punched said it was because he had asked them to stop vaping on the tram and he got slapped whilst on there, then it spilled out into what I saw when the tram stopped."
Greater Manchester Police later announced a probe is underway and that "positive action" will be taken against suspects.
"An investigation has been launched into an incident that occurred on Newbold Metrolink on Saturday, May 29. Two male victims were verbally abused then assaulted by a group [of] youths and they have sustained minor injuries," Sgt. Matt Honey explained in a statement on Wednesday.
"The Kingsway and Kirkholt neighbourhood policing are leading the investigation and supporting the victims. Enquiries are still ongoing and we are working with Metrolink staff, Rochdale Council and local schools."
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