Man left ‘blinded in one eye’ after train station attack

PUBLISHED: 13:34 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:34 19 September 2014

Police officers are looking for witnesses

Police officers are looking for witnesses


A man has been left blinded in one eye after being attacked near Welwyn Garden City Railway Station.

The victim, 51, was assaulted after he confronted two men on the bridge that passes over the tracks.

He suspected they stole his rucksack when he fell asleep on the Cambridge to London train, on Sunday August 31.

The savage attack took place at around 8pm, and British Transport Police want any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Constable Dean Percival said: “A 51-year-old man from Royston had fallen asleep on the 6.55pm Cambridge to London service.

“He woke up at Welwyn Garden City to find his rucksack had been stolen.”

After he left the carriage, he saw two men walking across a bridge together, one of whom was carrying his rucksack.

When he confronted them, one of them attacked him.

DC Percival added: “The victim was beaten so badly that he was blinded in one eye – an injury that may cause permanent damage to his vision.

“He sustained a fractured eye socket and an injury to his eyelid that required seven stitches.

“The man may require surgery for other injuries.”

“At the time of the attack, the station was busy.

“Were you there? We need anyone who witnessed this incident to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or text 61016, quoting reference ESUB B6 of 09/09/2014.

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

A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and grievous bodily harm in relation to this incident. He has been bailed to appear at a police station on Thursday, 2 October.

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