British Transport Police officers are urgently appealing for witnesses after a man was reported to have assaulted a child last night (25/07) on a train from Charing Cross.
The man began to behave threateningly to other passengers as the 8.32pm Charing Cross to Gravesend service left platform 5.
The police reported that his behaviour became increasingly more aggressive and he is then reported to have punched a child, thought to be around 12 years of age.
Officers are now urgently trying to trace the child.
A 28-year-old man from Greenhithe was removed from the train by BTP officers at Waterloo East and arrested on suspicion of assault, being drunk and disorderly and affray.
He remains in police custody this morning (26/07).
British Transport Police Sergeant Tom Gallagher said:
“I would ask anyone who witnessed this ‘man’s behaviour and the reported assault on the child to please get in touch with us as soon as they can today to provide an account.
“The train was extremely busy, and we believe many people helped to restrain him at the time who have not yet spoken to police.
“In particular, I would like to urge the victim of the assault, or their parents, to come forward and assist us with our enquiries.
“As ‘you’ll imagine, we are very concerned about the impact, this incident could have had on them, and ‘we’d like to check on their welfare as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 635 of 25/07/19.
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