Barnoldswick rail conductor (38) assaulted

POLICE APPEAL: This is the man police want to speak to after a Barnoldswick train conductor was repeatedly punched by a passenger during a routine ticket check (S)
POLICE APPEAL: This is the man police want to speak to after a Barnoldswick train conductor was repeatedly punched by a passenger during a routine ticket check (S)

British Transport Police are looking to speak to this man after a Barnoldswick rail conductor was assaulted while carrying out a routine ticket check in Bradford.

The incident took place on Saturday, August 2nd, on board the 9-31am service from Bradford Forster Square to Shipley.

The 38-year-old train conductor was undertaking a ticket check, when he approached a man who was asleep, or pretending to be asleep.

He was unable to wake him, despite initial attempts, and continued with his checks throughout the carriage.

When he returned a few minutes later and attempted to wake him again, the man began to verbally abuse the conductor, before trying to punch him a number of times.

As the train arrived into Shipley the conductor opened the doors and got onto the platform. The man followed him and attacked him, punching him a number of times before leaving the station.

Investigating officer PC Kevin Webster, said:“Despite the man’s intentions luckily the victim wasn’t injured but understandably was extremely shaken and distressed following this violent attack.

“The conductor was simply doing his job, and shouldn’t be subjected to such aggressive and brutal behaviour. If you recognise the man pictured or know his current whereabouts please contact us, it’s vital that we find the person responsible and bring him to justice.”

Enquiries have been ongoing to trace the man responsible, and CCTV footage has been reviewed.

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 6106. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In all calls quote incident reference PSUB/B2 of September 4th 2014.