Train Guard Assaulted in Devon

A guard is recovering after being kicked by a passenger on board a train in Devon.

British Transport Police say the train,  the Glasgow Central to Penzance service,  was travelling between Newton Abbot and Totnes rail stations  at about 8pm on May 20th  when the assault  happened. 

Investigating officer, PC Steve Campbell, said that a man had lost his ticket after boarding the train at Newton Abbot station. While buying a new ticket, he repeatedly swore at the guard before kicking him.

'The offender left the train at the next station, Totnes. Although uninjured, the 39-year-old guard was shaken by the man's behaviour.

'Enquiries are ongoing and I am today appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who knows the identity of the man who assaulted the guard, to come forward.'

The offender is described is white, in his early 40s, about 5ft 6in and of stocky build. He was wearing a green jumper, blue jeans and black shoes.

Officer think he may have been at Newton Abbot Races and was travelling with a group of other men on board the train.

If you have any information which you think could help, please contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

In all calls, please quote incident reference 517 of 20/05/13.