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5 October 2011, 11:20
British Transport Police have released CCTV images of seven men they would like to identify after a 22-year-old man was beaten unconscious on a train between Southend Central and Fenchurch Street.
The incident happened on Sunday September 4th but investigators have only just released the images following an unsuccessful appeal for information last month.
You can see the images by clicking here
Detective Constable David Bishop, the investigating officer, is now urging anyone with information about the incident to contact police: "Shortly after boarding the 5.44am c2c service at Southend Central, the victim was approached by a group of men and a fight broke out.
"The victim was set upon, and despite being knocked unconscious, the attack continued as the group kicked him in the face and torso."
The man was left with severe bruising to his right eye, cuts across his head, ears and chin, and damage to his ribs.
When he regained consciousness, the victim left the train at Benfleet, where he was met by paramedics and taken to hospital.
DC Bishop added: "We believe this assault may be connected to an earlier altercation that took place at Southend Central.
"This type of incident is very rare on the railway, and violence of this nature will simply not be tolerated.
"This man was set upon by a group and clearly had no way of defending himself. I am urging anyone with information to contact us immediately – your help could be vital to the investigation."
The group were all described as white, and aged between 17 and 22 years. Detectives believe they have links to the Basildon, Benfleet and Canvey areas.
Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B8/LNA of 06/09/2011.
Or call the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.