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Police hunting man who headbutted commuter in unprovoked Ilford station attack

Police want to speak to this man in relation to the assault on March 16. Police want to speak to this man in relation to the assault on March 16.

Monday, April 14, 2014
10:33 AM

Police are hunting a man who told a commuter he had a knife before headbutting him at Ilford station.

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The unprovoked attack on March 16 put the 46-year-old victim in hospital with injuries to his face.

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to about the assault at 6.45pm.

Det Con Michael Hatcher, who is leading the investigation, said: “The victim was stood on his own waiting for a train on platform 3 when a man approached him and began shouting at him.

“He claimed to have a knife and then grabbed the victim and head-butted him in the face.”

Detectives have been interviewing eye witnesses and analysing hours of CCTV footage from railway and council cameras.

Mr Hatcher said the attack was “unprovoked”.

He added: “We urgently want to speak to the man pictured as we believe he has key information about what took place.

“I’d urge anyone who recognises him, or who has any other information that could help, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting background B8 of 11/04/201414.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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