CCTV image released in bid to find drunken man who spat in face of guard

British Transport Police release CCTV image of man they want to speak to in connection with staff spitting incident
British Transport Police release CCTV image of man they want to speak to in connection with staff spitting incident

TRANSPORT police have released CCTV images in a bid to track down an abusive drunken passenger who spat in the face of a train guard.

The incident happened on August 15 as two men tried to board trains at Northallerton station - believed to be headed for Hartlepool or Sunderland - after being ejected from a train from King’s Cross

When they were refused travel, one man spat in the face of a staff member.

British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Investigating officer, PC Tony McGhin, said: “The incident took place just after 9.45pm on Friday, 15 August. Two men had been earlier ejected from a train travelling from London at the station, due to them being heavily intoxicated and abusive on board.

“When they attempted to board another train, the 7.18pm service from Kings Cross to Sunderland, they were again refused travel by a member of station staff due to their behaviour.

“One of the men then spat in the face of the member of staff, a 44 –year-old man from Ashington in Northumberland, leaving him with spittle on his face and jacket.

“Offensive and unpleasant behaviour such as this towards a member of staff who was simply carrying out his job is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by BTP.

“The men had boarded the train at Kings Cross and were intending to travel to Hartlepool or Sunderland.

“Inquiries are ongoing to trace the man responsible and, after reviewing CCTV images from the station, I am keen to identify and speak to the man in this photograph as I believe he will have information which can assist the investigation.”

Anyone with information which they believe can assist is asked to call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 6106. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In all calls please quote incident reference B4 of 29/08/2014.