This is the moment two thugs attacked three friends who were on their way home from a university reunion – but they didn’t expect them to fight back.

Jacob West, Luke Lyons, and Max Pearson were returning from the reunion in Leeds when they were ambushed by two men shortly before they were due to get off in Brough.

Dale Williams came into the carriage and began throwing punches at Pearson’s face and head, but he began trying to defend himself with the help of Mr Lyons.








Williams’ accomplice Peter Griffin quickly joined the ‘vicious’ brawl by headbutting Mr West, who had been standing with his hands in his pockets.

But as the footage shows, the two thugs were soon overpowered by the younger men and were brought to the floor, where the struggle continued.

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Pearson was on the right grappling with Williams, while Mr Lyons, who had gone to the aid of both his friends, was dealing with Griffin.

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While Williams was on the floor with his back to him, Mr West aimed a few kicks towards him, but they did not cause injury and it was not clear how many connected.

Mr West then tried to pull Pearson away from Williams.

This is the moment violence erupted on a late-night train between Leeds and Hull. Three friends - Jacob West, Luke Lyons, and Max Pearson - were returning from a university reunion in Leeds when they were attacked by two men shortly before they were due to get off in Brough. Caption: Luke Lyons, with fist raised, prepares to strike back at his attacker as Jacob West, left looks on
Jacob West, Luke Lyons, and Max Pearson were ambushed by Dale Williams and Peter Griffin, (Picture: Hull Daily Mail/MEN Media)
This is the moment violence erupted on a late-night train between Leeds and Hull. Three friends - Jacob West, Luke Lyons, and Max Pearson - were returning from a university reunion in Leeds when they were attacked by two men shortly before they were due to get off in Brough. Caption: Jacob West, left, who successfully appealed against his conviction for assault
But they didn’t expect the three young men to defend themselves (Picture: Hull Daily Mail/MEN Media)

Pearson’s initial response had been lawful self-defence or defence of another, but after getting the better of Williams he broke the law by then kicking and stamping on him as he was on the floor.

The violence, which began after 10.30pm on January 28 last year, lasted about five minutes and ended when a guard came and split the men up.

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Williams, Griffin and Pearson all admitted assault by beating and Mr West, 27, was convicted of common assault after a trial.

He successfully appealed against that conviction in a hearing at Hull Crown Court on Thursday.

Mr West’s barrister Kevin Saunders called the attack a ‘cowardly ambush’.

This is the moment violence erupted on a late-night train between Leeds and Hull. Three friends - Jacob West, Luke Lyons, and Max Pearson - were returning from a university reunion in Leeds when they were attacked by two men shortly before they were due to get off in Brough. Caption: The two men who started it, Dale Williams, foreground, and Peter Griffin, rear, are now on the floor
The violence, which began after 10.30pm on January 28 last year, lasted about five minutes and ended when a guard came and split the men up (Picture: Hull Daily Mail/MEN Media)

He said: ‘This isn’t handbags at dawn – these are punches to the face and head, these are headbutts to the head.

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‘This was a situation that would evoke genuine fear in most people, particularly fear in someone who isn’t a good athlete, didn’t play contact sports, and has never had a fight in his life [Mr West].

‘What Griffin and Williams hadn’t reckoned with is these young, clean-cut men would be able to defend themselves, and not only defend themselves but defend each other.’

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