British Transport Police are trying to trace a man suspected of whipping
a woman’s hand with his dog’s lead on a train at Catford Bridge station.
The incident took place on Sunday, April 4 at 11.21 p.m. on the London Bridge to Hayes service.
PC Keef Cook, the investigating officer, said that the victim, 31, from Beckenham, had been travelling with her boyfriend when they noticed a man playing loud music: “The woman’s boyfriend approached the man, who was accompanied by a pit-bull type dog, and politely asked him to turn down his music.
“Heated words were exchanged, and seconds later, as the train pulled into Catford Bridge station, the man flicked his dog chain at the woman, whipping her hand.”
“The victim suffered minor bruising as a result and was left clearly shaken by what had taken place, ” he said.
PC Cook said that officers have made local enquiries, including viewing CCTV from the train and at the station, and circulating images on police intelligence systems, but are now calling on the public’s help to identify the man pictured:
The officer asks: “Do you know or recognise this man? Were you travelling on the train when the incident happened? If so, we urge you to come forward and speak to us.”
British Transport Police say incidents of this kind are rare on the network, but they “take them very seriously and will do everything we can to catch the man responsible.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 and quote reference B6/LSA of 11/5/12. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.