Police search for woman who punched 16-year-old girl in the face at Welsh train station

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Police search for woman who punched 16-year-old girl in the face in Wales
Police search for woman who punched 16-year-old girl in the face in Wales


Police are searching for a woman accused of punching a 16-year-old girl in the face in an apparently random attack at a Welsh train station.

British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place at Abercynon rail station, south east Wales.

Police say that the the teenage victim, was waiting for a train with her friend when she was approached by a woman, who subjected her to a series of threats and verbal abuse.

Investigating officer PC Ian Brinkworth told Wales Online: "A few minutes later her train arrived and the victim boarded. However, she was followed by the woman, who forced her way past the train guard and punched the victim to the side of her face before leaving the train just prior to its departure."

The incident happened around 8.45pm on Tuesday, 10 September.

She is described as white, around 5ft 4in, with blonde hair, and was wearing a grey hooded jacket and grey jogging bottoms.

Police search for woman who punched 16-year-old girl in the face in Wales
Police search for woman who punched 16-year-old girl in the face in Wales



PC Brinkworth said: "I would ask anyone who recognises this woman to come forward, as we believe she may have information which could prove vital to the investigation.

"This was a nasty and unprovoked attack which left the victim in some distress. Although she was physically uninjured, this was a frightening experience for the girl, who did not know her attacker.

"Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated on the rail network. It is essential that we identify the person responsible for this attack, and I urge anyone with any information to contact police," he told The Metro.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B8/WCA of 20/09/2013. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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