Attempted assault on off duty police officer at Leeds station

Do you recognise this man?
Do you recognise this man?

British Transport Police is appealing for information after a man attempted to hit an off duty police officer with a metal bollard outside a pub in Leeds railway station.

The incident took place outside Weatherspoons pub in the station just after 8.30pm on Tuesday August 4

Officers are now appealing for help from the public to identify a man who they would like to speak to in connection with the attempted assault.

PC Lauren McKenna said: “The victim, a 28-year-old off duty police officer from Leeds, was sat with friends outside the pub when he witnessed a man arguing with a female whilst walking past the pub.

“The man then picked up one of the bollards outside the pub, grabbed the pole and began swinging it around.

“The victim approached the suspect, and attempting to diffuse the escalating situation, asked the man to put the pole down before he hurt someone.

“The man then lunged forward at him and swung the pole which just narrowly missed the victim. He then threw the pole on the floor before leaving the station.

“We would like to speak to the man pictured in connection with this incident, if you recognise him please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B5 of 20/8/2015.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.