Swastika branded men wanted after Worthing assault

THREE men who sported swastikas on their faces are wanted in connection with a train assault.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released CCTV images after a man was attacked on a train approaching Worthing railway station at around 9.30pm on Tuesday, November 1.

The victim, a 41-year-old Worthing resident, asked three men onboard the Brighton to Portsmouth service why they had swastikas daubed on their cheeks, with the group making racially-offensive remarks in reply.

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When the man stood to leave the train at Worthing one of the men punched him on the side of his face, damaging his glasses and leaving him with a small cut above his right eye.

The men fled the train at Worthing but returned on a later train, after removing the swastikas from their faces.

They were last seen leaving Fishersgate station around 11.30pm.

Inspector Gary Ancell said: “We’ve made local enquiries to try and get names for these three, but without luck so far.

“It isn’t altogether clear why the victim was attacked but we will do all we can to catch the person responsible.

“The facial images from CCTV are pretty clear, and I am confident someone will recognise one of these men and tell us who they are.”

Anyone who recognises the men or has information about the incident, call 0800 405040, quoting reference B13/LSA of 16/12/11.