Train station staff threatened by aggresive beggar

Officers would like to speak to this man.
Officers would like to speak to this man.

British Transport Police has released a CCTV image of a man officers would like to speak to after a station cleaner was threatened with violence.

The incident happened at around 2.30pm on Thursday February 18 in the south concourse entrance to Leeds railway station.

PC Sam Bloomfield, who is investigating the incident, said: “The cleaner was walking into the station to start their shift when a man approached him and asked him for money. When he refused the man became aggressive and threatened him with violence before walking off into the station.

“Following extensive enquiries, officers have managed to isolate a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, and are now calling on the public to assist.

“I believe this person may have key information about the incident and I am calling on anyone who recognises him – or who has information about the incident – to come forward.

“BTP will not tolerate aggression of any kind towards railway staff or fellow passengers, and we will do everything possible to track down the person responsible and bring him to justice.

“If you recognise the man pictured, please contact us.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 254 of 3/3. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.