Man sought after assault at Sunderland train station

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POLICE are hoping to identify this man after a 58-year-old was assaulted during a railway station row.

 The attack happened at Sunderland Station on Thursday, February 20, although police have only just released the CCTV images.

 Pc Nick Cannon, the investigating officer, explained: “The victim, a 58-year-old local man, was waiting on the platform at the station at around 9.40pm. A group of three people, one man and two women, who were being extremely loud and boisterous, entered the station and stood near the victim.

 “When an announcement was made about delays to the service, the victim struggled to hear due to their loud behaviour. He then phoned his wife to come and collect him and expressed his concern to her about the group’s behaviour.

 “As he went to leave the station, he passed the group and commented on their unacceptable manner. The male member of the group chased after him and ran up the stairs next to the escalator and grabbed his clothing.

 “He then punched the victim several times, knocking his glasses off and smashing them on the floor, before throwing him to the floor and kicking him in his body.

 “A passing member of the public stepped in to intervene. The man then got into a taxi with one of the females before leaving the station.”

 Police believe the man in the CCTV may have important information about the incident.

 Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting NEA/B2 of 4/03/13.