Hunt for four men who attacked have-a-go Leeds train passenger

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FOUR men are wanted by police in connection with a violent assault on a good Samaritan travelling on a train through Leeds

The passenger was punched and kicked for trying to to intervene when he saw a female fellow passenger being harassed on the train, which was travelling between Leeds and Pudsey railway stations on Thursday, October 25.

Officers are now releasing CCTV images of four men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident which took place at around 6.30pm on the 6.08 Leeds to Wakefield Kirkgate service.

PC John Moses, the investigating officer for British Transport Police (BTP), said: “A 28-year-old woman from Bradford was travelling on the service when a group of four men allegedly began to harass her. A male passenger on the service intervened and was then assaulted by the group.

“The group punched and kicked the man who, fearing for his safety, fled the train at Pudsey and ran from the station. The group also alighted the train at Pudsey before racially abusing the female; they then ran off after the man. Luckily he managed to escape and didn’t sustain any serious injuries during the attack.”

PC Moses added: “This was an unprovoked and intimidating assault on both the female victim and the male passenger who stepped in to attempt to help her.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may recognise the men pictured to contact police.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background log NEA/4 of 21 November 2012. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.