Man wanted in connection with assault on Wirral train
BRITISH Transport Police have released this photograph of a man wanted in connection with the alleged robbery and assault of two 13-year-old girls on board a Wirral train.
The incident happened on Saturday, November 28 on board a train between Wallasey Grove Road and New Brighton.
A British Transport Police spokesman said the two girls were on board the train and were chatting loudly to each other and to others on a mobile phone.
A passenger asked them to keep the noise down and shortly afterwards a man wrestled the phone from one of the girls and threw it out of the train window.
The girls left the train at New Brighton and it is alleged that one was assaulted by the man some time later outside the station.
Detective Constable Dominic Wilcox, of BTP, said: "We need to speak to the man pictured in the cctv
images as we believe he has vital information in relation to this case.
"The girls admit they were being noisy, but the reaction of the offender in grabbing the phone and throwing it from the train was outrageous.
"His later assault of one of the girls was disgraceful and we are following up all possible leads in a bid to trace him and bring him to justice.
"Violence and intimidation has no place on the rail network and BTP is working closely with Merseyrail and Network Rail to make the environment as safe as possible.
"We will continue this work, but occasionally we need help from the public to put offenders before the courts."If you have any information about the incident – or recognise the man – please contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. THE GLOBE