CCTV issued after man threatens to punch Worthing railway station staff

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BRITISH TRANSPORT Police are appealing for information about this man after he threatened to attack a member of staff at Worthing railway station.

CCTV was issued after the man, a ticketless passenger, became abusive towards a member of staff before threatening to punch him in the face.

BTP officers want to identify and speak to the man in connection with the incident, which took place about 11.30am on Monday (February 13).

The man, seen carrying a bird cage, a large bag and walking three dogs on a lead, approached two members of staff, who were conducting a routine ticket check.

He could not produce a valid ticket to travel and became abusive.

PC Billy Burstow, the investigating officer, said: “It’s unclear why this man felt he had the right to intimidate and threaten someone who was just doing his job and who had rightly asked the man for his ticket.

“Everyone has the right to go to work and carry out their duty without fear of violence or abuse and we’ll do all that we can to track down the person responsible.

Officers have followed a number of avenues of enquiry to try to identify the man, including circulating his images to local neighbourhood policing teams in Worthing and on police intelligence systems.

PC Burstow added: “The images are of good quality and I’m confident someone will recognise this man and tell us who he is. If you think you know him, please get in touch.”

A Southern spokesman said: “Another case where someone thinks they have the right to abuse someone who is in a public-facing role.

“It’s just not acceptable and we would urge anyone who recognises this man to come forward.”

Anyone who recognises the man should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B4/LSA of 15/02/12.

Or, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.