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Two men who attacked train conductor narrowly avoid jail- Leeds

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Two men have narrowly avoided jail after 12 month prison terms  imposed on them after they punched and attacked a train conductor were suspended for 12 months.
George Wood, of Church Approach in Garforth, and David Cousins of Nook Road in Leeds had boarded the 23.13 York to Leeds Northern Rail service on Thursday 6 April this year.
Once on-board they became involved in a minor ticket dispute with the train conductor.
As the train pulled into Garforth station and the conductor, a 57-year-old man from Bradford, opened the doors, one of the men attacked him from behind, punching him several times in the face and knocking off his glasses.
As he fell to the floor, both men punched and assaulted him. When other passengers on board came to assist both Wood and Cousins fled the station. 
Both men pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Leeds Magistrates Court on 18 May to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months, ordered to undertake 150hours unpaid work in the community and pay £500 compensation.
Inspector Andy Roberts said: “Wood and Cousins behaviour was abhorrent, violent, and completely unacceptable. 
“The victim was extremely shocked following the assault, and suffered a large swelling on his head, and was very stiff and sore following his ordeal.
“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour, particularly towards members of staff who are simply doing their job."
A spokesman for Northern said: “Violence and aggression towards our staff – or indeed anyone travelling on our trains – is totally unacceptable.
“We are committed to working with British Transport Police to tackle such behaviour and to assist in investigations to ensure offenders are brought to justice.”

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