Teen assaulted on station platform

A TEENAGE boy was punched in the face while waiting for a train at Nailsea and Backwell station.

The British Transport Police now want to identify a man caught on CCTV who they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

It happened at about 9pm on March 13 when the 13-year-old was waiting for a train home to Yatton.

At the same time there were two men on the opposite platform. One of them jumped down and crossed the tracks toward the victim before asking the teenager what he had on him and how he was getting home. The boy said he had a ticket but refused to show it to the man.

The man then punched the teenager in the face, causing his nose to bleed, before going back across the tracks and catching a train toward Bristol.

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PC Zena Willumsen of the British Transport Police said: “Enquiries have been ongoing to try to identify the man responsible for this assault.

“I am also keen to trace other passengers who were at the station at the time of the incident, the second man who was with the offender and a woman who was with the two men, but left before the assault took place.

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“This was a particularly nasty, unprovoked assault on a teenage boy who was simply waiting to catch his train home.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the man in these photographs to come forward.”

The man is described as white, aged 25-30, about 6ft and of skinny build. He was wearing a white, knitted jumper and a grey, peaked cap.

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. In all calls please quote incident reference B12/WWA of 09/05/2012.

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