BTP appeal after fight on east London train

By Rachel Bishop on April 30, 2014 1:11 PM |

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British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses after a fight between two men left one of them badly injured.

Today, detectives have released an image of a man (right) they'd like to speak to in relation to the incident, which took place at Aldgate East London Underground station on Monday, April 28.

In footage released by BTP two men can be seen fighting, with the older man looking as if he has been knocked unconscious after he is kneed and punched in the head.

Detective Constable Lawrence Murphy, leading the investigation, said: "At 9.20pm onboard a District line train, a physical altercation occurred between two men which resulted in a fight which left a man requiring hospital treatment."

"I urgently want to speak to the man pictured, as I believe he will be able to greatly assist the investigation. If you recognise him, or were on board the train, please get in touch.

"Violence on the Tube is rare, but when it does happen, because of the confined spaces, it can be all the more shocking.

"Passengers can be reassured that BTP takes all violent offences extremely seriously and we are doing everything we can to trace the offender and bring him to justice."

A 68-year-old man, from Newham, has been arrested on suspicion of common assault, resisting arrest and a public order offence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference B4 of 29/04/2014. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.