Train conductor head butted by passenger who refused to buy ticket

Roshina Jowaheer
Train conductor head butted by passenger who refused to buy ticket, man attacks ticket inspector West Yorkshire
Train conductor head butted by passenger who refused to buy ticket, man attacks ticket inspector West Yorkshire

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A train passenger refused to buy a ticket head butted a conductor in an attack at Normanton railway station in West Yorkshire last Monday.

The man had been travelling on the 2.50pm service from Wakefield Kirkgate and refused to buy a ticket when he was challenged by the ticket inspector after the train had stopped at Normanton, the Wakefield Express reports.

Speaking to the Wakefield Express, PC Daniel Worthington of the British Transport Police said: 'I am keen to hear from anyone who was at the station at the time, and who witnessed the incident, as you may be able to assist our investigation.

'If you do have information which you believe can help, please contact us straight away.'

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault but was released on police bail.

This comes as the BBC also reported a television set was thrown at the front of a moving train from a footbridge in Bradford.

British Transport Police said it was one of many attacks that have happened at Dalcross Footbridge and fortunately no-one was injured during the incident where the Selby to Wakefield Westgate passenger service train was targeted.

After more than 100 incidents had been reported across the Yorkshire region over the past year, British Transport Police increased patrols in the area.

Inspector Richard Price of the British Transport Police told the BBC: 'Throwing objects at a train or onto the tracks is incredibly dangerous... and there is a real potential for a train to be derailed.

'I really cannot emphasise enough how dangerous this is and I am very concerned that if we don't find these destructive vandals someone is going to get seriously injured or even killed.'

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