Police appeal after 80-year-old blind man is assaulted on DLR

By Rachel Bishop on May 20, 2014 5:29 PM |

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Police are looking to speak with this man after a blind 80-year-old was assaulted on a DLR train.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have issued CCTV images of the man, as they would like to speak to him in relation to the assault.

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The incident took place at around 8.20pm on Thursday, May 1, after the victim boarded the train at Woolwich Arsenal.

PC Paul Read said: "During the journey the victim, who is 80 years old, was approached by a man who had been sitting opposite him.

"Shortly before the train pulled into Canning Town station, the man placed his hand on the victim's shoulder, and pulled him to the floor."

The victim was helped to his feet by other passengers and left the train at Canning Town, as did his attacker.

PC Read added: "Thankfully the elderly man wasn't seriously injured as a result of the assault, but the attack was sudden and unprovoked.

"Enquiries to date have enabled me to isolate the image of a man I believe has vital information about the incident and I urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who recognises the man to contact us."

Contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference TSUB/B8 of 16/5/2014 with information.