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Man pulled down escalators and punched – Tottenham Court Road

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Detectives from British Transport Police are appealing for help in identifying a man in connection to an assault on the London Underground. 

The incident happened at Tottenham Court Road station shortly after 5pm on Friday 20 October. 

The victim, a 28-year-old man, had just tapped in and was walking down the escalators towards the Northern Line platforms. A man was also walking down the escalators behind him and shouted “walk faster” at the victim. 

The victim then moved to the right and allowed the man to pass him. 

However, the man then stood below the victim, grabbed hold of the victim’s chest and pulled him down the escalators. Both men tumbled down the escalator, which resulted in the victim striking his head on the floor. 

The man then stood over the victim and punched him multiple times to his face. The victim was able to pull himself away from the man, he composed himself and then walked towards the platform. 

The man was waiting for him in the tunnel and approached the victim once more. He punched the victim multiple times to the head again before heading towards the Northern Line platform. 

The victim was not seriously injured, however he sustained bruising to his face and a black eye. 

Investigating officer DC Angela Gates, said: “This was a disgraceful and extremely violent assault. The victim did nothing to provoke this man, the violence he was then met with was completely unacceptable. 

“I would like to speak with the man shown in the images we have released as I believe he has essential information which could help us investigate. If you know who is, then please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Any information can be passed to BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 376 of 20/10/17. Alternatively, pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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