Shamed! Commuter snapped with bare feet on train seat

Man took his shoes and socks off on packed train and refuses to move

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Commuter snapped with bare feet on train seat

A commuter who was publicly shamed for resting his bare feet on the train seat in front of him has insisted he did nothing wrong.

Landlord and antiques collector Andrew Dignan took his shoes and socks off on the packed service, prompting fellow passenger David Buxton to ask him to move.

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When he refused, a photo of him taking up three seat was widely shared online.

But the 49-year-old tonight maintained he did nothing wrong - and said he only removed his shoes because his feet were 'swollen'.

Defiant Andrew told MailOnline : "It's not illegal to put your feet on the chair, it says don't put your feet on the chair with your shoes on."

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He added: "I took my shoes and socks off to put my feet on the seat because my feet are swollen. An obnoxious guy with no hair on his head was just sat there and he took an instant dislike to me. He was looking for an argument.

"I said to him well if you don't like it just sit at another part of the train."

Andrew said he found the confrontation on the lunchtime service from Buxton to Manchester 'frightening' and was scared to leave his home the following day.

"I generally get on well with people across the board but I was very very frightened and intimidated," he said.

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Andrew said he found the confrontation on the lunchtime service from Buxton to Manchester 'frightening'

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He added that it had "reminded him of when he was bullied as a child" and that the guard on the train told him it 'wasn't your fault'.

However, David, who took the picture, said there was no guard "anywhere to be seen".

"During the journey I asked him three times to put his feet down," he said.

"Arriving at Manchester the carriage was full and with people standing he still had his bare feet on the seat."

Under a by-law dating back to 1889 it is actually technically illegal for train passengers to put their feet on the seats.

It is also an offence to interfere with the comfort of fellow passengers under the Regulations of Railway Act.

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