Man spat on and threatened Bolton train passengers

A man wanted in connection with an incident in which train passengers were spat on

A man wanted in connection with an incident in which train passengers were spat on

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AN AGGRESSIVE man who spat on and threatened rail passengers on a train heading to Bolton is wanted by British Transport Police.

The man is said to have threatened a couple during an argument over a reserved seat on the train between Manchester Victoria and Bolton at about 11pm on Saturday, November 9.

The couple, who were travelling to Bolton, boarded the busy train at Manchester Victoria.

A 20-year-old woman asked a man if a seat near to him was free and, thinking he said yes, sat down.

But the man and his wife then claimed the seat had been reserved and he started to become "agitated and aggressive", according to police.

He then theatened the couple and spat on the woman.

PC Walker said: “As the journey continued the man became more agitated and aggressive and made the victim feel extremely uncomfortable.

“The man then threatened the victim's boyfriend and squared up to him.

“This behaviour continued until Bolton and the offender continued to threaten both the victim and her boyfriend and, at one point, spat in the victim’s face.

“The whole incident lasted more than 20 minutes and only ended when the victim left the train at Bolton."

Police believe the man travelled onto Blackburn and have released an image of a man wanted in connection with the incident.

PC Walker added: “I am convinced the man in the image has vital information about the incident and I call on anyone who recognises him to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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12:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

thealexweb says...

This article seems badly written and difficult to follow. E.g. Is the 20 year old woman and the woman from the couple the same person?

Anyway seats cannot be reserved on Northern services regardless. If someone tries to reserve a seat with a bag for instance they must pay child fare for the bag in addition to their own ticket.
This article seems badly written and difficult to follow. E.g. Is the 20 year old woman and the woman from the couple the same person? Anyway seats cannot be reserved on Northern services regardless. If someone tries to reserve a seat with a bag for instance they must pay child fare for the bag in addition to their own ticket. thealexweb
  • Score: 11

12:48pm Wed 8 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

there should perhaps be a phone number people can text/phone which connects with Railway police if something like this is going on? Perhaps this might be open to abuse, which would be a shame. It takes a very brave person to pull the emergency stop handle and as everyone seems to be on their mobiles. the perpetrators would not know they were being 'reported'
there should perhaps be a phone number people can text/phone which connects with Railway police if something like this is going on? Perhaps this might be open to abuse, which would be a shame. It takes a very brave person to pull the emergency stop handle and as everyone seems to be on their mobiles. the perpetrators would not know they were being 'reported' oftbewildered2
  • Score: 18

1:04pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

Where was the "train manager" in all of this? It's a shame that nobody called 999 and asked to be put through to BTP as the incident was happening, so they could be waiting at Bolton.
Where was the "train manager" in all of this? It's a shame that nobody called 999 and asked to be put through to BTP as the incident was happening, so they could be waiting at Bolton. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 20

1:14pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

The train guard (that's what they are called on Northern) will probably be in the empty drivers cabin and not, as they should be, going through the carriages making sure of customers safety and that they have tickets. Its very rare to see the train guard come through the train nowadays!!! - even more so when the trains are more cramped than a tin of sardines!!!

Funnily enough on a Dutch train there is the driver and usually between 2 and 3 train guards - who also have the power to arrest and cuff passengers- and they walk through the carriages all the time (exact same company that owns 50% of Northern!!!!)
The train guard (that's what they are called on Northern) will probably be in the empty drivers cabin and not, as they should be, going through the carriages making sure of customers safety and that they have tickets. Its very rare to see the train guard come through the train nowadays!!! - even more so when the trains are more cramped than a tin of sardines!!! Funnily enough on a Dutch train there is the driver and usually between 2 and 3 train guards - who also have the power to arrest and cuff passengers- and they walk through the carriages all the time (exact same company that owns 50% of Northern!!!!) BWFC71
  • Score: 16

1:46pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Why do you think people don't like using public transport!
Why do you think people don't like using public transport! Jim271
  • Score: 24

2:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

MarkAllRead says...

Well I've read this story a few times and I've still not figured out who is who and what happened. It seems very badly written!
Well I've read this story a few times and I've still not figured out who is who and what happened. It seems very badly written! MarkAllRead
  • Score: 16

3:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

goldie47 says...

yet another SCUMBAG
yet another SCUMBAG goldie47
  • Score: 11

6:00pm Wed 8 Jan 14

MalcM59 says...

Looks like Paul McKenna !
Looks like Paul McKenna ! MalcM59
  • Score: 8

6:12pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Bert_Anchovy says...

What an arsehole, and he's wearing a Royal British Legion poppy badge.
What an arsehole, and he's wearing a Royal British Legion poppy badge. Bert_Anchovy
  • Score: 6

6:23pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Wibble Wobble says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
Where was the "train manager" in all of this? It's a shame that nobody called 999 and asked to be put through to BTP as the incident was happening, so they could be waiting at Bolton.
Northern Rail services don't have Train Managers, they are only found on Intercity services where there is a larger staffing crew on board.

During the time the incident occurred, the guard would have been in the cab at the rear of the train, where he/she is supposed to travel. Guards are required to travel in the cab in between station stops for their own safety because of the heightened risk of trouble. If there is an issue, then passengers can use the intercom system to contact the cab, where the driver can request the police meet the train at the next station to have the person(s) concerned removed.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Where was the "train manager" in all of this? It's a shame that nobody called 999 and asked to be put through to BTP as the incident was happening, so they could be waiting at Bolton.[/p][/quote]Northern Rail services don't have Train Managers, they are only found on Intercity services where there is a larger staffing crew on board. During the time the incident occurred, the guard would have been in the cab at the rear of the train, where he/she is supposed to travel. Guards are required to travel in the cab in between station stops for their own safety because of the heightened risk of trouble. If there is an issue, then passengers can use the intercom system to contact the cab, where the driver can request the police meet the train at the next station to have the person(s) concerned removed. Wibble Wobble
  • Score: 0

7:21pm Wed 8 Jan 14

p.rhanna says...

I Would of stepped in if I saw this going on....and belted the idiot into next week ....no problem !!!!
Scum like this deserve as good and better that they give out..... I hate lowlife turds like this ........ id love to meet him and make him suffer a while 😊😊😊😊😊
😊😊.
I Would of stepped in if I saw this going on....and belted the idiot into next week ....no problem !!!! Scum like this deserve as good and better that they give out..... I hate lowlife turds like this ........ id love to meet him and make him suffer a while 😊😊😊😊😊 😊😊. p.rhanna
  • Score: 8

7:28pm Wed 8 Jan 14

steveG says...

I think I know what happened.
Is there a prize?.
I think I know what happened. Is there a prize?. steveG
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

Wibble Wobble wrote:
Citizen Cane wrote:
Where was the "train manager" in all of this? It's a shame that nobody called 999 and asked to be put through to BTP as the incident was happening, so they could be waiting at Bolton.
Northern Rail services don't have Train Managers, they are only found on Intercity services where there is a larger staffing crew on board.

During the time the incident occurred, the guard would have been in the cab at the rear of the train, where he/she is supposed to travel. Guards are required to travel in the cab in between station stops for their own safety because of the heightened risk of trouble. If there is an issue, then passengers can use the intercom system to contact the cab, where the driver can request the police meet the train at the next station to have the person(s) concerned removed.
There are no intercoms to any of the drivers cabins on ANY of Northern Rail trains!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wibble Wobble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Where was the "train manager" in all of this? It's a shame that nobody called 999 and asked to be put through to BTP as the incident was happening, so they could be waiting at Bolton.[/p][/quote]Northern Rail services don't have Train Managers, they are only found on Intercity services where there is a larger staffing crew on board. During the time the incident occurred, the guard would have been in the cab at the rear of the train, where he/she is supposed to travel. Guards are required to travel in the cab in between station stops for their own safety because of the heightened risk of trouble. If there is an issue, then passengers can use the intercom system to contact the cab, where the driver can request the police meet the train at the next station to have the person(s) concerned removed.[/p][/quote]There are no intercoms to any of the drivers cabins on ANY of Northern Rail trains!!! BWFC71
  • Score: 5

12:00am Thu 9 Jan 14

crazyoldme says...

“This behaviour continued until Bolton and the offender continued to threaten both the victim and her boyfriend and, at one point, spat in the victim’s face.

So who spat in the victims face, Bolton or the offender?????

I find this whole article very hard to follow. I've noticed a lot of this in the Bolton News over the past few years.
“This behaviour continued until Bolton and the offender continued to threaten both the victim and her boyfriend and, at one point, spat in the victim’s face. So who spat in the victims face, Bolton or the offender????? I find this whole article very hard to follow. I've noticed a lot of this in the Bolton News over the past few years. crazyoldme
  • Score: -1

12:45pm Thu 9 Jan 14

boltoncity says...

British transport police contact text and phone numbers

all commuters should have these numbers in their phone
To report a crime or incident, call

0800 40 50 40 or text 61016


p.s also agree that the story is confusing
British transport police contact text and phone numbers all commuters should have these numbers in their phone To report a crime or incident, call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 p.s also agree that the story is confusing boltoncity
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Thu 9 Jan 14

MalcM59 says...

If this bloke journeyed on towards Blackburn, has this story and picture been forwarded on to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph ? If he's from there, better chance of somebody shopping him if it's published in his own back yard.
If this bloke journeyed on towards Blackburn, has this story and picture been forwarded on to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph ? If he's from there, better chance of somebody shopping him if it's published in his own back yard. MalcM59
  • Score: 0

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