May 22 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Monday, September 10, 2012
Police are appealing for information after two men were punched in a totally unprovoked attack near Harringay rail station, simply for not having a cigarette.
British Transport Police (BTP) have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the assaults, which took place on August 28.
On the day of the attacks, a 69-year-old local man was crossing the footbridge at the station around 1.25pm when he was approached by a man and asked for a cigarette.
The victim, who had no cigarettes, refused and the man punched him in the face, knocking him to the floor, before making his way along the footpath and punching another man, a 60-year-old, in the side of the head.
The first victim was left with cuts to the side of his head and a grazed knee, while the 60-year-old was uninjured.
Investigating officer Det Con Gerry Griffin said: “These were two completely unprovoked attacks which left the victims quite understandably shaken.
“CCTV from the station shows a man walking along the footpath at the time of the incident and we are keen to identify him.
“If you recognise him, please get in touch and help our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B10/LNA of 07/09/2012. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.