Blind Man Attacked At Train Station

Police in Dorset are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a blind man was attacked at Dorchester South train station.

The 30-year-old local man, who is registered as blind, was crossing the station’s footbridge when he was pushed from behind.

It happened on Friday 15 October 2010 at about 7pm.

The victim hit his head on the side of the metal bridge and then fell to the ground. He was left with a fractured jaw and a grazed knee.

Police Constable Mark Powell from Dorchester police, said:

“Prior to the attack the victim was walking alongside the ticket office heading towards platform one when he accidentally brushed against a member of the public.

“On doing so, the victim apologised and carried on walking towards the footbridge.

“While the victim was walking across the footbridge, towards platform two, he heard a man shouting at him but he carried on walking.

“Moments later the victim heard footsteps behind him and then, was pushed from behind with considerable force.

”I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this unprovoked assault or who has any information that will help me to identify the offender.

“I understand the station was quite busy at the time of the attack – so I am hopeful that someone, perhaps several people, will recall this incident.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.