A SEARCH has been launched to find a man who intervened as a man was attacked on a Metro platform.
British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for the Good Samaritan who went to the aid of the assault victim at East Boldon Metro station.
Officers are also keen to speak anyone else who may have witnessed the disturbance, which took place at around 10.55pm on the Newcastle bound platform at the station on Monday, January 6.
Pc Graham Adams, investigating for BTP, said: “An man was assaulted on the platform at the station by two men.
“The men, who had travelled from Felling with two women, left the service on the Sunderland bound platform then ran across the tracks onto the Newcastle platform.
“The men then became involved in a verbal altercation with the victim, before one of them kicked him.
“At this point a passenger on the platform intervened and stopped them.
“Both men then rejoined the rest of the group and caught the next Metro train.”
Officers are following a number of inquiries, including looking at CCTV from on board the train and at the station to ascertain further details.
Two men have been identified and police will be speaking to them in due course.
Pc Adams added: “We would like the passenger who helped the victim to contact us as he may have information crucial to our investigation.
“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have been at the station or on board the train at the time of the incident to come forward.
“This was completely unacceptable behaviour and it’s important that we catch and prosecute those who committed this offence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference NEA/B18 of 22/1/2014.
Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.