DLR worker left traumatised after passenger attack

By Rob Virtue on August 29, 2013 10:18 AM |

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A DLR worker who confronted a passenger he saw sneaking through the barriers without a ticket, was punched in the face in an unprovoked assault.

Masud Rashid, 27, of Nelson Walk in Bromley-by-Bow, was this week sentenced for the attack to four months in prison, suspended for a year.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service, as well as pay the victim £1,500 compensation and court costs of £620.

In the incident on Friday, March 1, at 2.45pm in Woolwich, Rashid - who had arrived by DLR at the station - was spotted following another passenger through the ticket barriers.

The 49-year-old DLR worker then asked Rashid to show his ticket but he replied: "get out of my way, I've got somewhere important to be".

He then threatened the worker, before pushing him and punching him in the face.

When the victim tried to use his radio to call for help, Rashid snatched it and threw it back in the station.

He was then seen getting into a taxi and asking to be taken to the prison.

British Transport Police used CCTV from the station and the prison to identify Rashid, who was arrested at his home the following week.

Rashid denied charges of assault and fare evasion but was found guilty in a trial. He was sentenced at London Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Siwan Hayward, acting director of Community, Safety, Enforcement and Policing at TfL, said: "We are really pleased with this sentencing, it sends out a clear message that abuse of our staff will not be tolerated.

"They are here to do a job and should be allowed to do so without fear for their safety. We, along with the police, will push for the strongest penalty for anyone who abuses our staff."

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Steve Ajayi, the investigating officer, said it was an "unprovoked assault" that left the worker traumatised.

He also suffered soft tissue damage to his face.

"DLR and Tube staff should not have to endure abuse or violence for carrying out their job and we will arrest and prosecute anyone who thinks this type of behaviour is acceptable.

"We actively encourage staff to report instances of physical and verbal aggression directed towards them as soon as possible. By reporting incidents immediately, it helps us to gather the best available evidence to catch these suspects, and allows us to identify where we need to provide preventative resources at the earliest possible opportunity."

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