Member of staff assaulted at Lewes Railway Station

CCTV image.
CCTV image.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are continuing their investigation after a member of staff was verbally assaulted by a passenger at Lewes Railway Station on Friday, December 27.

CCTV images from the station have been released and officers are keen to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident.

PC Vicky Payne, the investigating officer, said: “Around 10.40pm, the victim, a male ticket assistant, was at the station when he began to talk to a man.

“The man suddenly began to verbally abuse the assistant, threatening him with violence. The man then got close up to him, causing the victim to think he was about to be hit. After a while the man left the station.”

Enquiries have been ongoing, and now CCTV images of a man who police want to speak to have been released.

PC Payne added: “Station staff are there to assist and help the public, and should not be subjected to such abusive and threatening behaviour for simply doing their job.

“We will continue to work closely with Southern to provide a safe and secure environment for those who work across the rail network.”

A Southern spokesman said: “This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable. Our staff member was just doing his job and did not provoke the man. We urge anyone who recognises this man to come forward and identify him to BTP.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference LSA/B14 of 28/01/2014. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.