Police appeal after train assault

British Transport Police would like to trace this man in connection with an unprovoked assault on a train passenger.
British Transport Police would like to trace this man in connection with an unprovoked assault on a train passenger.

AN AUTISTIC man was attacked as he travelled on a train through Doncaster.

Officers have today released CCTV images of the men they want to speak to in connection with the unprovoked assault.

British Transport Police would like to trace this man in connection with an unprovoked assault on a train passenger.

British Transport Police would like to trace this man in connection with an unprovoked assault on a train passenger.

The assault took place on the 5.30pm Kings Cross to Newcastle East Coast Trains service as it travelled between Peterborough and Doncaster.

Investigating officer PC Kristene Mikkonen said: “The victim, a 37-year-old man from Tyne and Wear, who suffers from autism, was travelling on the train with his carer, he was in the aisle when he was barged out of the way by two men who then verbally abused him before kicking his legs.

“The victim has grazed legs following the incident, and although not seriously injured, he has been left extremely distressed and upset following the incident.

“A number of lines of enquiry have been followed to establish the identity of the men who carried out the assault but to no avail.

“I am now appealing for anyone who knows the men in this CCTV images to contact BTP, as I believe they may have information which can assist the investigation. We also believe that the men may be Blackpool Football club supporters so if any other fans recognise them I would urge them to get in touch”.

Anyone who knows the men’s identity, or his current whereabouts, is urged to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.