Assault victims at Witham Railway Station fend off knife-wielding man

Police would like to speak to this man in connection to an assault at Witham Railway Station. Pictur

Police would like to speak to this man in connection to an assault at Witham Railway Station. Picture ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

A victim of an assault by a knife-wielding man fended off the attacker using a mop.

At around 11am on Sunday, October 1, two men, aged 42 and 45, went to use the disabled toilets on one of the platforms at Witham train station.

According to the British Transport Police (BTP), the door was immediately pulled shut so that no one could get in by two men already inside the toilet.

The two men then came out and a verbal altercation took place resulting in one of them trying to punch one of the men outside before biting his hand and refusing to let go.

The victim punched him in the face in order to stop the biting.


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The offender eventually let go and left the station but returned shortly after with a knife in his hand.

He confronted the men again and showed them the knife.

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One of them managed to fend him off with a mop before the offender threw the knife on the tracks and left.

The victim suffered cuts to his finger in the assault.

Police would like to speak to the man shown in the CCTV image as he may have information that could help the investigation.

If you recognise him, call the BTP on 0800 405040 or text 61016, quoting reference 623 of October 1.

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