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Member of trail staff “viciously” slapped by cyclist at Westcliff-on-Sea – Essex



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We’re looking to trace a man in connection to an incident at Westcliff-on-Sea where a member of C2C staff was assaulted. 

The assault happened at approximately 6.50am on Monday 15 May when the female victim was working at the ticket barriers. A man then exited an arriving service from Fenchurch Street, got on his bike and then cycled along the platform. At the ticket barrier, without producing a ticket, he then barged through the gates. 

At this point the victim challenged the man, who then approached the victim and slapped her hard across the face, knocking her glasses to the floor. 

Officers are now releasing CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident, as he may have information which could help the investigation.. Do you know him? 

PC Chris Henschel, said: “The man slapped this victim which such force that her glasses were knocked off, she also received a cut to the bridge of her nose. It was a vicious and totally unprovoked assault. 

“No one should ever be subjected to violence on the railway, especially for simply doing their job. We have a number of active enquiries underway but would welcome any help from the public. If you know the man in the CCTV images then I would urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. Your information could be greatly assist us in investigating this assault.”

Any information can be passed to BTP by sending a text to 61016 quoting reference 49 of 15/05/2017. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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