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CCTV Released After Attack on York Train

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5:50pm 9th July 2013

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after a woman in fancy dress violently assaulted a passenger on a train at York station on Saturday, 29 June.

A CCTV image of a woman police want to identify in connection with the incident has also been released.

PC Harry Thompson, investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 21-year-old woman from Newcastle, had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday and boarded the 22:10 service from York back to Newcastle with some friends.

“After boarding the train, they noticed a group of women in fancy dress, including a Smurf, French maid, Robin Hood and a pirate, sitting in their reserved seats. When the victim asked the group to leave the seats, she was subjected to a violent assault.

“One of the group dragged the victim by the hair, before punching her in the face and grabbing her by the throat. The victim tried to move away but the woman continued to punch and strangle her until she eventually managed to free herself.”

Investigators have reviewed CCTV footage and obtained an image of a woman they believe could help with their enquiries.

PC Thompson continued: “This was understandably an incredibly distressing experience for the victim, and for those who saw what happened.

”I would urge anyone who recognises the woman pictured, or who has any information about this incident, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police by calling Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016 quoting B5/NEA of 07/09/2013.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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