British Transport Police appeal for help tracking down problem passengers

British Transport Police (BTP) is calling on the public’s help to identify two women who verbally abused a train conductor last week.

Detectives have launched an investigation into the incident, which took place on Saturday 3rd March onboard the 5.55pm Nottingham to Worksop train.

Detective Sergeant Bill Henry, from BTP’s criminal investigation department, said: “Two women boarded the train at Mansfield around 6.35pm. As the conductor carried out a ticket check throughout the train, the pair ran to hide in a toilet.

“When the conductor confronted one of the women, she refused to buy a valid ticket and began to verbally abuse him.

“As the train arrived at Shirebrook station, when the conductor asked both women to leave the service he was met by further abuse.”

The altercation continued on the station platform, where the conductor was physically threatened and pushed hard in his back. The women then ran from the scene out of the station front.

DS Henry added: “This was an unprovoked attack on a member of staff simply doing his job, the incident has left him in total shock.

“BTP will not tolerate assaults of any kind towards railway staff and we will do everything possible to track down the offenders and bring them to justice.

“But we need your help – the conductor has managed to provide detailed descriptions about his attackers so if you know the women, or their current whereabouts, please get in touch.”

A spokesperson for East Midlands Trains said: “This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable. We will not tolerate either physical or verbal abuse towards our staff or passengers and will work with our BTP colleagues to ensure the offenders are apprehended quickly.”

The first woman was described as white, aged 17-19 of stocky build and around 5ft 6-8. She had short, collar length black bobbed hair, dark eyes and a local accent. She wore chunky earrings in both ears that matched an Aztec patterned pendant she was wearing. She was wearing an open-necked blouse with short sleeves, tight black trousers with a multicoloured belt buckle and ankle boots.

The second woman was white, aged 17-19, with a pale complexion. She had shoulder length straight mousey brown hair, blue eyes and white long sleeved blouse top which had an embroidered horizontal stripe across the middle. She wore dark trousers and small black boots. Unlike her accomplice, she wore no jewellery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B10/NEA of 08/03/2012. Information can also be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.