Police hunt two people after Eastbourne railway station attack

Have you seen this man?
Have you seen this man?

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a violent attack against a member of rail staff at Eastbourne station. Members of the public who witnessed the attack on the station concourse on May 26 are being urged to contact police.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released images of a man and woman they wish to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place between 6.20pm and 6.30pm.

Leading the investigation, PC Pete Cooke from BTP Brighton wants to hear from anyone who recognises the pair or who saw what took place.

PC Cooke said, “A man approached the member of staff on the concourse to remonstrate about missing the train he had been planning to catch.

“He began shouting and swearing at the victim before reaching out and grabbing the victim around the neck.

“Other members of staff assisted and pulled the attacker away from the staff member, who managed to escape very shaken but fortunately uninjured.

“The attacker left the station in a taxi shortly after the incident.”

Officers have conducted a number of enquiries, including viewing CCTV from various locations along the route and locating other witnesses.

They particularly want to speak to the people pictured above, or anyone who recognises them.

They are believed to have information which could assist the investigation.

PC Cooke added, “This was a busy time of day, and I am hopeful many people saw this incident take place and can assist us with our enquiries.This member of staff was simply trying to do his job and was subjected to this unprovoked attack.”

Anyone with information should call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference B8/LSA of June 20. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.