POLICE are searching for a man after a couple were assaulted and abused on the Metro.
The incident happened train between Sunderland and Brockley Whins on the evening of Friday March 15.
One of the victims was spat at in the face after he and a woman he was travelling suffered a storm of abuse. I would ask anyone who recognises the man pictured to get in touch.”
Pc Nick Cannon said: “This was a frightening and unprovoked assault on two people who were simply minding their own business.
“A man and woman boarded a Metro train headed towards Newcastle at Sunderland station around 10.35pm.
“Also on the train in the same carriage were two men who had boarded one stop earlier at Park Lane Metro station, in the front car.
“During the journey, one of the men started shouting insults at the couple with no provocation.
“When the train arrived at Brockley Whins Metro station the two men left the train, and, as they did so, one of them spat in the face of the victim, a man in his twenties and from Sunderland.”
Officers urgently want to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV stills as it is believed he could have vital information to assist the investigation.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B7/NEA of 04/04/2013.
Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.