BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for witnesses after a teenage passenger was bitten on a train between Lewes and Eastbourne.
Investigating officers have released CCTV images of a man they want to identify in connection with the incident and are asking for help from the public to identify him.
Sergeant John Dickinson said the incident took place on board the 7.47pm Victoria to Eastbourne service on Sunday, March 6.
He said, “The victim, an 18-year-old man from Eastbourne, approached a group of football supporters – who had boarded the train at Clapham Junction and who had become rowdy and abusive – and asked them to quieten down, which they did.
“However, they became rowdy again as the train travelled between Lewes and Eastbourne
“And when the victim approached the group for a second time he was met with racist remarks and threats of violence.
“One of the men shoved and punched the victim, causing him to fall to the floor, before biting him three times in the face.
“The group of men then left the train at Polegate.”
The victim left the service at Eastbourne and made his way to Eastbourne hospital, where he received medical treatment for cuts and bruises to his face.
Sgt Dickinson said, “This was an unprovoked attack on a young man who simply asked the group to quieten down.
“Following a previous public appeal for information we were contacted by some witnesses, who were able to provide us with information, but we have been unable to catch the man responsible so far.
“Do you know the man pictured? Or are you the man himself?
“We would really like to speak to you if you have any information as this could be crucial to our enquiries.
“We are continuing to make local enquiries into this nasty incident and want to hear from anyone who recognises the man pictured in the CCTV image.”
• Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number B8 of 30/03/2011.