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Essex: Police appeal following assault on grandfather
11:50am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after a man punched a 70-year-old grandfather on a train between Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street.
Investigators have released CCTV of the man they would to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on Friday, August 23.
PC Kelly Durant, the investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 70-year-old man, was travelling home from a day out in London with his wife and three grandchildren, aged between six and twelve years old, around 7.20pm.
“As the train approached Shenfield station, the man became abusive towards the victim’s wife and grandson, swearing at them. When the victim asked him to stop, the man punched the victim three times in the head.
“The victim fell onto the seats and was left with bruising to his face and arm.”
The family left the train at Shenfield and the man continued on the service to Stratford.
Officers are continuing to investigate the incident and would urge anyone who recognises the man to come forward.
PC Durant added: “This was a brutal and violent attack on a man who was simply standing up to abusive and anti social behaviour.
“This type of violence is not tolerated and we will do all we can to locate the man responsible and bring him to justice.
“The image is clear – if you recognise him or witnessed the shocking incident – I’d urge you to contact police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B15/LNA of 0800 40 50 40. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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