Witness appeal after alleged assault on train between Lewes and Polegate

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BRITISH TRANSPORT Police (BTP) has just published a witness appeal after an alleged assault on a train between Lewes and Polegate.

PC Peter Cooke, the investigating officer, said the alleged incident took place at 11am on January 4.

A 36-year-old victim from Lewes suffered head injuries and a cut to his mouth.

PC Cooke said: “The victim was travelling on the 10.53am Lewes to Polegate service when he noticed a man, who he recognised, board the train with his girlfriend as it stopped at Lewes station.

“During the journey words were exchanged between the pair and, fearing for his safety, the victim got up to move carriages. However, the man followed him before suddenly punching him in the head a number of times.

“This was a deplorable and unprovoked attack and I appeal for anyone who was onboard and witnessed this violent act to come forward and us with our enquiries.”

BTP said a 40-year-old man from Hailsham has been arrested but not charged in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B11/LSA of February 23. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.