Train guard threatened by two men

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A TRAIN guard was threatened by two men on a train between St Leonards Warrior Square and Pevensey & Westham stations.

British Transport Police officers have issued images of two men they wish to speak to following the incident, which took place on Friday, July 12, on board the 6.57pm Bexhill to London Victoria express service.

PC Pete Cooke is leading the investigation and said: “Two men boarded at St Leonards Warrior Square and held the doors open, shouting at people who were leaving the train.

“They were approached by the guard who told them to stop, and the train moved off. As the guard walked through coaches 3 and 4 of the train, he saw the men harassing a group of young people.

“When asked for their tickets they were unable to produce any, and both then started shouting and swearing at the guard, making him feel very threatened for his safety and that of the passengers.”

Both men then left the train at Pevensey & Westham station at 7.15pm.

The images have bee circulated to local police and on police intelligence systems, and officers are keen to speak to anyone with information, including the two men pictured.

PC Cooke added: “This was a frightening and intimidating experience for the member of staff and the passengers, all of whom should be able travel of the rail network without fear of violence or abuse.

“I would urge anyone who knows the men pictured, or witnessed the incident, to get in touch.”

A Southern Railway spokesman said: “Our staff should be able to go about their duties without fear of being abused. This was unprovoked and wholly unacceptable. We urge anyone who recognises these men to come forward and identify them to BTP.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B4/LSA of 20/08/2013. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.