Woman throttled in day light

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 October 2010

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BTP

A PASSENGER was grabbed around the neck and throttled in broad daylight at Weston train station.

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The assault happened on platform two at 12noon on September 15 and British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for the public’s help.

Officers have now released CCTV images of a woman they wish to track down and speak to in connection with the assault.

A BTP spokesman said: “The suspect was having a heated argument with another woman and the argument then became physical as the suspect grabbed the woman around the neck and began to throttle her.

“Two members of the station staff witnessed the assault and attempted to intervene and managed to pull the aggressor off the woman.”

A spokesman said the suspect then turned her anger onto staff by verbally abusing and attempting to attack them.

It was their intervention that allowed the victim to escape any injury, as she was able to board a train and flee from her attacker.

It is thought the suspect left the station and headed towards the town centre.

Investigating officer, PC Lauren Humphreys, said: “The station staff handled the situation brilliantly.

“We have isolated CCTV images of a woman we want to identify and speak to in connection with what happened and urge anyone with any information to come forward.”

Anyone with information or who recognises the woman pictured should call 0800 405040.

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