Police hunt man who assaulted rail guard

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Police want to speak to this man after a rail station guard was subjected to an unprovoked early hours assault.

British Transport Police believe the man may hold vital information about an assault on a guard at Earlestown station shortly after 6am on Friday, February 27.

Earlestown rail station assault CCTV

Earlestown rail station assault CCTV

Investigating officer PC Michael Woodward said: “A man became involved in an altercation with a guard onboard a train travelling between Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown after he failed to produce a valid ticket for his journey. As the guard walked away the man punched him in the back of the head before forcing open the doors of the train at Earlestown station.

“The guard was simply doing his job when this unprovoked assault took place.”

PC Woodward added: “Acts of violence like this will not be tolerated on the railway, If you witnessed this incident, please get in touch with BTP. Any information could prove vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016 quoting reference PSUB/B8 of 3/3/15.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.