Woolwich Arsenal DLR: Rail worker punched in face after challenging fare dodger
A RAIL worker was left with a fractured jaw after being repeatedly punched in the face by a suspected fare dodger.
The staff member at Woolwich Arsenal DLR challenged a man who nipped through the ticket barrier behind another passenger without using his own ticket on March 1.
The victim was then verbally abused, pushed and punched - suffering a hairline fracture to his jaw and a swollen lip.
British Transport Police (BTP) detectives are asking for the public’s help to trace a man who exited the station via the Woolwich New Road exit shortly after the attack around 2.45pm.
Detective Constable Steve Ajayi, the investigating officer in the case, said: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and, at this stage, I am appealing for anyone who was at the station to come forward if you witnessed this incident.
"Rail staff should be able to go about their work without fear of being abused or attacked in this way, and we will continue to work with our industry colleagues to arrest offenders and bring them justice.”
Officers will be at Woolwich Arsenal DLR station on March 8 from 2pm to 3.30pm handing out appeal leaflets and speaking to members of the public.
Anyone with information should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B4 of 04/03/13. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.