Detectives hunt two train thugs

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AN APPEAL has been launched by British Transport Police (BTP) after a man was violently robbed of his mobile phone on a train by two men who got on at Shirebrook.

Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident on 4th August on the Robin Hood Line.

Det Con Ian Grice, from the BTP’s Criminal Investigation Department, said: “The victim, a 23-year-old man from Worksop, was travelling on the 7.55pm Nottingham to Worksop service when he was approached by two other men who boarded the service at Shirebrook station.

“The pair then violently assaulted the victim, grabbed him by his clothes, and pinned him to one of the tables where he was threatened and ordered to hand over his smart phone. They also took a small amount of money which he was carrying at the time.

“They left the service at Worksop and were seen to leave the area via Turner Road.”

Officers conducting local enquiries into the incident have released CCTV footage of the two men and have appealed for the public to urgently get in touch.

DC Grice added: “This was a violent, aggressive and targeted attack on a man travelling alone. Although this kind of criminal behaviour is rare on the rail network, BTP take these incidents extremely seriously and we will be working to establish those responsible and bring them to justice.”

l Anyone with any information or who recognises the men pictured is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B4/NEA of 10/08/2011.

Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.