Man jailed for assaulting schoolboys at Cheshire station
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A 37-year-old man has been jailed for assaulting three teenagers, following a British Transport Police investigation.
Nicky Fallows, of Greenfields, Winsford, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and a public order offence at an earlier hearing.
He was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison at Warrington Magistrates' Court on Friday 10 June.
The court heard how on Tuesday 7 September last year, Fallows approached two young boys in school uniform at Hartford station.
He took a tie from one of the boys and hit the other boy, a 12-year-old, around the head and neck with it.
In a separate incident, on the same day, another boy was sat on a bench at the station with his friend. Fallows approached them and grabbed the second boy, aged 13, by the head, with both of his hands.
The third victim, aged 15, was approached by Fallows on the same day. Fallows pushed his head into the schoolboy's head while making abusive comments about his appearance.
Following an extensive investigation by British Transport Police officers at Crewe, working with colleagues at Cheshire Police, Fallows was quickly identified and arrested and safeguarding measures put in place for the children involved.
Investigating officer DC Melanie Dodd said: "This was an incredibly frightening incident which left all three boys shaken and understandably fearful of strangers.
"These were schoolfriends, minding their own business, when an intoxicated Fallows decided to subject them to physical violence and intimidation. It is the epitome of cowardice for a grown man to target schoolboys to insult and abuse.
"Behaviour like this will not be tolerated and we urge anyone who witnesses any incidents of violence on abuse on the railway to use our discreet text number, 61016, to alert us.
"I would like to praise the young people involved, the three victims and two witnesses who bravely assisted us throughout the entire investigation”