British Transport Police (BTP) is calling on the public’s help after a conductor was assaulted on board a train travelling between Rotherham and Swinton.
TPC Jeff Cole, investigating for BTP, said: “The conductor of the service requested that a female passenger who was smoking on the train extinguish her cigarette. When she challenged the woman she became aggressive and hurled verbal abuse at the conductor before allegedly pushing her several times.
“When a passenger on board the service attempted to intervene he too was subjected to verbal abuse by the female who also attempted to physically assault him.
“The female then alighted the train at Swinton railway station.”
he incident happened at approximately on Monday, 23 April at approximately 8pm on the 7.30pm Sheffield to Doncaster Northern Rail service.
Officers have now released CCTV images of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
PC Cole added, “This was an unprovoked attack on a member of staff simply doing her job; the incident has left her very shocked.
“BTP will not tolerate assaults of any kind towards railway staff and we will do everything possible to track down the offenders and bring them to justice .I would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may recognise the woman pictured to contact police”.
Richard Allan, Area Director, Northern Rail, added:“This is an extremely serious incident, resulting in a very troubling assault on one of our colleagues and a passenger. We employ over 2,500 people, all of who have the right to work and travel in a safe environment.”
“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and would urge anyone with any information to contact the BTP.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background log B8 of 31/05/2012 Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.