Good Samaritan bottled and beaten after confronting gang harassing woman

A Good Samaritan was savagely beaten and bottled by a gang when he selflessly came to the aid of a woman who was being harassed.

British Transport Police (BTP) believe the gang may have boarded a train from Upminster before violently attacking the have-a-go hero at West Ham Underground station.

Det Con Paul Miller said: “A 38-year-old man from Poplar, making his way to the Jubilee Line, spotted a group of young men harassing a lady on a footbridge at the station, throwing her luggage around.

“The man intervened, telling the gang to leave the woman alone. The group immediately surrounded and attacked him.”

The man then received a sustained assault that lasted several minutes.

Det Con Miller continued: “At one point, a bottle was broken over the man’s head, leaving him with deep cuts.

“He was taken to hospital where he was treated and kept in overnight.

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“Thankfully, he is recovering, but his injuries could have been far more serious.

“It is shocking that this man was subjected to such a violent attack simply for going to the aid of another person.

“I am sure anyone who reads this appeal will be appalled by this incident.

“After reviewing CCTV from the station, I am confident the people in the images we are issuing have information about what took place that night.

“They travelled to West Ham from either Upminster or Barking, and left on a Jubilee Line train.

“Who are they? If you know, please contact BTP.”

If you have any information regarding the 11.15pm attack on September 6 you should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference TSUB/B9 of 07/10/2014, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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