Video: CCTV footage shows teenagers attacking people with sticks and poles on Croydon tram


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Six teenagers who carried out a frenzied attack on a tram in Croydon have been spared jail.

Kieran Hawker, 18, Aaron Henery,18, Robert Elsey, 19, Dean Riley, 19, and two 17-year-olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have avoided immediate jail sentences for their part in the assault.

The teenagers were part of a 20-strong group who carried out the attack, Anthony Patton, 27, who was also in the mob was jailed for 12 months.   

The group was caught on CCTV viciously hitting three Afghan men with sticks, poles and socks filled with ballast after boarding the tram in New Addington, Croydon.

Earlier in the evening the victims had been by chased by men to a petrol station before they fled onto the tram to escape the mob.

However, one member of the group pulled the emergency door release, stopping the tram from leaving the stop and keeping the doors open, which allowed the men to board the train and continue their assault. 

Police have released images of five of the seven the men involved in the incident which took place in October 2011.