Saturday 1 October 2016

'Good Samaritan' attacked after intervening as woman assaulted on Tube

Francesca Gosling

Published 25/11/2015 | 21:27

CCTV still issued by British Transport Police of three men they would like to speak to in connection with an incident where a
CCTV still issued by British Transport Police of three men they would like to speak to in connection with an incident where a "good Samaritan" was left needing hospital treatment after he was attacked while trying to stop a woman from being sexually assaulted on the Tube Credit: British Transport Police/PA Wire

A "good Samaritan" was left needing hospital treatment after he was attacked while trying to stop a woman from being sexually assaulted on the Tube.

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He was punched on the jaw by one of a group of men travelling on a Victoria line from Seven Sisters after he intervened when another member of the group grabbed a woman's face and attempted to kiss her.

Described as a "good Samaritan" by British Transport Police (BTP), he needed hospital treatment after the attack, which took place at around 11pm on Saturday October 10 as the train approached Finsbury Park.

The group then left the train at Highbury and Islington.

BTP have issued CCTV images and want to speak to three men in connection with the assault on both the woman and the man who tried to help her.

DC David Bishop said: "This was a frightening experience for the victim and a cowardly attack on a passenger who had bravely intervened.

"The inappropriate behaviour and assaults on both the woman and the man were simply unacceptable, and I'm confident the men in the CCTV we've released have crucial information to help our investigation.

"I'm asking for anyone who can name these men, or has any information that can assist with our inquiries, to get in touch as soon as possible."

BTP are currently pushing their latest national campaign against sexual offences on public transport in the capital.

The Report It To Stop It initiative aims to increase awareness and confidence amongst the public to report sexual offences including sexual touching, exposure, outraging public decency, lewd comments, leering and harassment.

Anyone with any information about these attacks or any other similar offences is urged to report it by text on: 61016 or by calling: 0800 40 50 40.

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