Image of witness to Portsmouth and Southsea railway station assault released

APPEAL Police want to trace this witness
APPEAL Police want to trace this witness

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POLICE are trying to trace a witness to an assault which left a man on a live railway track.

Detectives have released CCTV images of a potential witness to the incident where a 46-year-old man from Chichester was pushed on the line after he broke up a fight between two men at Portsmouth and Southsea station.

APPEAL Police want to trace this witness

APPEAL Police want to trace this witness

As previously reported in The News, the victim landed close to the live 750-volt third rail, which has enough power running through it to kill a person instantly.

Fortunately he just missed it and managed to scramble up and off the track.

The man who pushed the victim ran away through the crowded station and detectives are sure someone who witnessed the incident – at 11pm on Tuesday, October 9 – must have information that can help them identify him.

Detective Constable Matt Bevan, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Do you recognise the man pictured? Are you the man himself? If you are, we would like to hear from you.

‘We’d also like to speak with anyone who was at the station at the time, and may have seen the incident happen. Any information you have, no matter how small, could assist our investigation.”

Detectives are making local enquiries, including speaking with witnesses, viewing CCTV from the station and circulating images on police intelligence systems.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B2/LSA of October 10.