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Appeal for information after man threatened on train - East Croydon



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We are appealing for information after a man was threatened on a train to East Croydon.

It happened between 2am and 2.45am yesterday morning (Wednesday 10 May)on the 00.40am Bedford to Three Bridges service.

A man was sitting in the First Class carriage of the train when he was approached by another passenger who had a chain wrapped around his fist and was carrying a brown wooden handle with a metal bar and house keys on it.

The offender approached the victim, a 27-year-old man, stood over him and clenched his fists.

The victim thought he was going to be attacked so he pulled the emergency cord, bringing the train to a halt.

The offender returned to his seat but then went back to the victim and made a number of threats of violence.

Members of the public helped the victim and BTP officers met the train at East Croydon.

A 45-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of using threatening / abusive / insulting words / behaviour with intent to cause fear of / provoke unlawful violence and has been released under investigation.

Investigating officer PC Joe Scurlock said: “This was a very frightening incident for the victim who feared he was going to be attacked by this man who he did not know. There were other passengers travelling on the train who saw what was happening and I would like to speak to them so that we can establish the exact circumstances of this incident.

“Fortunately the victim was not injured but he has been left shaken by the ordeal.

“If you have any information about what happened, please contact me by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference number 34 10/05/2017.”

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