Security guard violently attacked at Willesden Junction train station in Harlesden

Detectives would like to speak to this man

Detectives would like to speak to this man - Credit: Archant

Detectives release CCTV image of man they would like to speak to

Detectives have today released the image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a violent attack on a train station worker.

The 25-year-old man was spat at, punched in the head and kicked several times by two men he challenged over suspected fare dodging at Willesden Junction station.

The attack took place on Saturday, 12 January, at 6.20pm and officers hope the image will jog the memory of anyone at the station at the time.

DC Graeme Knox, from the British Transport Police is leading the hunt for the two men, he said: “A security guard was doing his duties on the gateline when two men approached the wide gate to leave the station.

“One used his Oyster card to open the gate, while the second man walked through closely behind his friend.

“The member of staff pointed out to him he needed to use his own ticket and warned him he could receive a penalty fare if he did not.

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“At this point, the two men got aggressive and pushed the victim against a wall. When he got away from them and threatened the call the police, one man spat in his face.

“He was then punched in the head and kicked several times by both men as he dropped to the floor.”

Both men, who are believed to have taken a train from Richmond to Willesden Junction, left the station shortly afterwards.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to the man pictured in this CCTV image as they believe he could have vital information to assist the investigation.

DC Knox added: “This was a vicious and sickening assault, leaving the member of staff with several cuts and bruises.

“Rail staff have the right to do their jobs without the fear of violence and we will pursue anyone who thinks they can act aggressively to anyone on board trains or at stations.”

Anyone with information should call 0800 40 50 40 quoting background log B5/LNA of 22/01/13 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.