British Transport Police (BTP) have released pictures of a man they want to speak to, after a train guard was abused and threatened while checking tickets.
The incident took place at 1.00 pm on board a Brighton to West Worthing service on Wednesday July 17th while the train was travelling between Portslade and Shoreham by Sea.
PC Pete Cooke, based at BTP Brighton, said: “The member of staff was walking through the train checking passengers’ tickets.
“He asked a man who got on the train at Portslade for his ticket, only to be met with a tirade of verbal abuse and violent threats. The man was then removed from the train at Shoreham, and left the station.”
Officers want to speak to the man pictured, who is believed to have information relating to the incident, or to anyone else who witnessed what took place.
A Southern spokesman said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable. Our member of staff was only doing his job. We would urge anyone who knows this man to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016 quoting background B6/LSA of August 23rd 2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.