Ipswich: Man due in court charged with rail station attacks

IPSWICH: A 23-year-old man is to appear at Ipswich Crown Court next week after three alleged attacks on men with a brick, a tyre lever and another heavy object.

The allegations centre around incidents over a ten-day period in which three men were injured at railway stations in Suffolk and Essex.

Ian Tomlinson is accused of three counts of grievous bodily harm and a further three counts of robbery.

Tomlinson has also been charged with theft from a motor vehicle.

The alleged assaults are said to have begun at Ipswich railway station on June 12.

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A 20-year-old man was reported to have been injured and robbed after being attacked with a tyre lever.

He was found by a railway worker just before 5.50am.

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It is understood the injured man had spent the night at Ipswich station after missing his train. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment.

The theft from a motor vehicle is also alleged to have happened in Ipswich on the same day.

Tomlinson is also accused of grievous bodily harm to a man with cerebral palsy at Diss railway station two days later.

The man is said to have got off the 11.23pm National Express service from Colchester at Diss. While he was waiting on a platform at Diss railway station it is alleged a man approached him from behind and hit him on the back of the head with a brick, knocking him unconscious.

When the 28-year-old regained consciousness, he discovered �80 in cash was missing.

He required treatment at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

A further alleged attack occurred at Colchester railway station on June 22 when another man was said to have been hit with a heavy object before being robbed.

Tomlinson, of no fixed address, was arrested on July 6. His case was committed to Ipswich Crown Court during a short hearing before South East Suffolk Magistrates.

Tomlinson is now due to appear before the crown court on July 19.

He is currently remanded in custody.

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