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24 August 2010, 06:28
British Transport Police investigators are appealing for information after a woman working in a travel shop at Brighton rail station was attacked for not having a certain type of timetable.
Officers have also released CCTV of a man they want to identify and talk to in connection with the incident, which took place around 3pm on Friday, 6 August.
PC Tracey Searle, based at Brighton BTP station on Queens Road, said:
“A man entered the 1 Stop Travel shop at the station and asked one of the female members of staff for a bus timetable for northern England.
“When the woman informed him that the shop didn’t stock that particular timetable the man punched her on the chin before leaving the shop and heading in the direction of Trafalgar street.”
The victim, a 40-year-old from Worthing, was left shocked and distressed after the attack, which left her with bruising to her chin.
Through making local enquiries, officers have established that her attacker, who spoke with a northern accent, had arrived at Brighton station on the 2.25pm service from Seaford.
PC Searle added: “This was an unprovoked attack on a woman who was simply doing her job and anyone with any information about the incident is asked to come forward.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who thinks they may recognise the man pictured in the CCTV images.”
Anyone with information about the attack should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B4/LSA of 23/08/10.