CCTV images released of wanted man following Lancing assault

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POLICE are on the hunt for a man who spat at a member of rail staff on a train at Lancing station.

British Transport Police (BTP) today (Thursday, December 16) said it was appealing for information, with investigating officers releasing CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on Saturday, November 20.

The victim, a 35-year-old member of staff, said he was about to dispatch the 4.47pm Southern service from Lancing to Brighton when a man who was getting off the train spat at him, with the spittle landing on his lower back.

BTP officers are making local enquiries, including speaking with witnesses, and would like to hear from anyone with information about what took place.

PC Peter Cooke, one of the investigating officers, said: “Why the man felt he had the right to spit at a member of staff who was simply doing his job is inconceivable.

“Everyone has the right to go to work without fear of this sort of assault and I urge anyone with information about this incident or who recognises the man in the CCTV images to get in touch.”

A Southern spokesman said: “This was a despicable attack on a member of staff simply carrying out his duties.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident or sees any member of staff being abused or assaulted in any way to contact the BTP.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B4/LSA of 16/12/2010.