Appeal for witnesses after a father was violently attacked at Littleport station watched by young son
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TRANSPORT Police are urging witnesses to come forward after a father was violently attacked at Littleport railway station watched by his terrified eight year old son.
The man was punched to the ground and kicked as he lay on the floor in the attack on Saturday night over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The father was waiting for the 11.31pm service from Downham Market when the assault took place on Saturday, 4 May at 11.20pm.
Detective Constable Dave Rabbitt, of British Transport Police, explained: “The victim, a 26-year-old man from Ely, was waiting with his eight-year-old son in a shelter on the platform when two other men entered.
“The victim asked one of the men to stop smoking, who ignored the request and instead called someone on a mobile phone and left the station.
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“Soon after, two different men entered the station, one of whom ran across the tracks to access the platform, shouted insults at the victim, and punched him in the head twice.
“The pair then proceeded to kick the man as he lay on the floor, before running away from the station by crossing the tracks again.
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“The assault caused the victim to suffer swelling on his face, and left him badly shaken up.”
Several members of the public were present on the same platform and may have witnessed what took place, and officers want to hear from anyone with information.
Witnesses may also remember seeing a dark-coloured car with a loud and noticeable exhaust which the attackers used to leave the station car park immediately after.
The two men who carried out the attack are both described as white Eastern European men in their early-to-mid twenties and around 5’10”.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016 quoting reference B6/LNA of 14/05/2013.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.