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Youngster threatened with knife on board a Southern service between Crawley and Littlehaven – Sussex


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Officers from BTP are appealing for information after a 15-year-old boy was assaulted by a man on a train to Littlehaven. 

The incident happened at around 2.47pm on Tuesday 7 February when the boy joined the service with a group of his friends. The group were seated on the service near a man. The man, who was acting in an unusual manner, then asked the group of boys “Do any of you have a problem with me?” 

After saying “no”, the man lunged towards the 15-year-old and held what is believed to have been a knife to his throat and taunted and threated him. The man then walked off and left the service at Horsham and joined a second train to Ockley. Fortunately the boy did not sustain any injuries. 

PC Mark Brookes from BTP, said: “The group of boys were incredibly frightened by this man’s threatening and violent behaviour. This unprovoked assault left the young boy fearing for his life, did you witness what happened?

“I would like to speak to the man shown in the CCTV image as he may have information which could help the investigation. Violent incidents such as this are thankfully rare, and we have a number of active enquiries in place to trace the man responsible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 216 of 09/03/2017. Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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