A man was brutally attacked on a train by a gang of men who threw him to the floor as he tried to get to the toilet, and repeatedly kicked him. British Transport Police are hunting for the culprits
A man was attacked by a group of assailants on a train when trying to use the toilet onboard, British Transport Police said.
The victim, a man in his 30s, was reportedly travelling on a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Milton Keynes at the time of the assault. It occurred as the train approached Wolverhampton station and the victim got up from his seat to go and use the toilet.
At this point the victim was approached by another man, who British Transport Police (BTP) say punched the victim in the face before pulling him to the floor. Multiple other people then joined the alleged aggressor in repeatedly punching and kicking the victim while he was on the floor.
When the train finally stopped at Wolverhampton station, the victim was able to press the exit button and escape. Although he was able to pull himself out of the train when the door opened, the attackers continued to assault him and prevent him from getting away – so the man shouted for help on the platform, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Those responsible for the assault tried to get back onto the train, but ultimately left the station at Wolverhampton. BTP says the victim suffered significant injuries to his back. Detectives have today issued CCTV images of men they believe could have key information for their investigation into the assault. The incident happened at around 11.30pm on Friday, November 3.
Less than two weeks ago, a similar attack was carried out on London’s relatively new Elizabeth Line, with a horrifying video showing a woman calling for help as she was attacked by two thugs on October 29. The two women attacked the victim as the train was entering Paddington, swinging for her head as the woman screams: “Please help me!”
The woman lets out blood curdling screams in the distressing footage of the attack, which shows her being pushed to the floor, the contents of her bags spilling out, and her trousers falling down. BTP said they were “aware of footage circulating on social media showing an incident on an Elizabeth line train”, adding: “Everyone has the right to travel without fear of assault or harassment and violence will not be tolerated anywhere on the network.”
“We are currently assisting the British Transport Police with their investigation and urge anyone with information about this incident to contact them by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 687,” they continued.