Sunday 15 September 2019

Pensioner charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to push woman onto Tube tracks

Kate Ferguson

A pensioner has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly pushing a woman in front of a Tube train as it headed in to the station.

A video apparently of the incident appears to show a man standing by the wall of a platform before suddenly darting towards the woman and pushing her in front of the train at Piccadilly Station in central London.

She hits the side of the carriage and falls to the floor, before being helped by commuters who rush to her aid.

Yoshiyuki Shinohara, 81, of no fixed abode, was charged with attempted murder, the British Transport Police (BTP) said.

He was remanded in custody until Wednesday November 25, when he will appear before Blackfriars Crown Court, the force added.

The BTP said: "Our officers were called to Piccadilly Circus London Underground station on Tuesday, 10 November, following a report of a person being pushed towards a moving train.

"Metropolitan Police officers also attended the incident that was reported to BTP at 4.09pm.

"Medics from the London Ambulance Service attended and took a woman to hospital where she was treated for grazes to her face."

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