Police have isolated CCTV images of two men they believe could help with the investigation into the assualt of a visually impaired man who was attacked on a train between London Victoria and Shortlands.
The attack took place around 5.45pm on Monday, 30 January. The man was travelling with his guide dog and a blind friend.
Detective Sergeant Daren Bates from BTP’s Crime Action Team would like to hear from anyone recognises the men pictured or who may have witnessed the incident:
“The 28-year-old victim, from Bromley and who is visually impaired, boarded the service at London Victoria with his guide dog and a friend, who is registered blind.
“A few stops later, at Brixton, one of two men travelling on board the train trod on the dog’s tail and the victim politely asked them to be mindful of his dog.
“Later the pair approached the victim and began verbally abusing him, mocking his partial-sightedness and his need for an assistance dog.
“Suddenly, the man felt a blow to his back and to his arm. No medical treatment was required, but the victim was left extremely shaken.”
The two men were described as speaking with eastern European accents and smelled strongly of alcohol.
They can be seen below:
DS Bates added: “My team of detectives have launched an investigation into this incident and we are now asking for the public’s help to identify the men pictured...
“This took place on a rush hour train which would have been fairly busy. The victim and his friend have done their best to describe the suspects for us, but we need witnesses to come forward to help us piece the events together.
“If you saw or know anything about this appalling attack, we want to hear from you.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B6/LSA of 31/01/2012.
Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.