Ticket furore man 'paid his fare'
Published 14/12/2011 | 12:27
A teenager bundled off a train by another passenger because he apparently did not have a ticket has insisted he had paid his fare.
A video of a man muscling the youth off the train at Linlithgow station in West Lothian has become an internet hit, with more than a million people viewing it online.
The clip on the YouTube website shows a young man arguing with a conductor and refusing to disembark despite appearing not to have a ticket. A burly passenger, who has since been dubbed Big Man, then steps in to help and bundles the youth off the train, earning a round of applause from fellow passengers.
The Big Man has been named locally as Alan Pollock, a performance manager for a finance firm, who is from the Stirling area.
British Transport Police said they have received a complaint of assault and are now investigating.
The man thrown off the train, 19-year-old Heriot-Watt student Sam Main, of Falkirk, defended himself, claiming he had paid.
He said: "In the morning I got a ticket from Polmont to Edinburgh Park before 10am, so I wasn't able to use my railcard to get a return. The guy sold me two singles but they were both for Polmont to Edinburgh. I didn't realise until later but I thought I'd be able to explain what happened to the conductor on the train.
"I was on my way home from my second exam when it happened. I'm diabetic and hadn't eaten all day, so I was just desperate to get home. I wasn't given a chance to explain the ticket situation. The conductor just immediately said: 'That's the wrong ticket. Off!'
"I didn't even see the other guy coming. He lifted me up from behind and all I could see was chairs and the floor. He chucked me off and I landed right on my face. I tried to get back on to get my bag but I was shoved off again. I did get my bag back after that though."
A British Transport police spokesman said: "We have received a complaint of assault. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and our inquiries are ongoing."