Train driver ‘body-slammed teenager who assaulted ticket inspector’
Train driver body slams teen who allegedly assaulted ticket inspector
A train driver has been filmed ‘body-slamming’ a teenager accused of assaulting a ticket inspector.
Passengers travelling from Farnham to Ascot with South Western Railway said the inspector had asked the boy to leave the train because he didn’t have a ticket.
The conversation between them then turned ‘aggressive’, with one on-looker describing how the teenager started ‘shouting and swearing’ before punching the man when the train stopped at Bagshot, in Surrey.
On the platform, the train’s driver then climbed out the front to come and defend the inspector, while shocked passengers watched. In footage of the incident, the driver can be seen holding the boy in his arms as he struggles to get away, before dropping him on the ground.
A witness said: ‘The boy started pushing the ticket inspector who pushed him back towards the door of the train, telling him to get off.
‘At this point, the boy punched the ticket inspector and got off the train with the ticket inspector following him.
‘As this happens, the actual train driver got off the train too and got involved in a punch up whilst trying to calm the boy down.
‘When the boy did not comply, the train driver lifted him up and threw him to the ground, telling him to “relax yourself”.
‘The boy got up and walked away, still shouting and laughing as if he was proud of himself. He must be Britain’s hardest train driver.’
A spokesperson for South Western Railway said they would always advise ‘against physical contact’, but added that the driver in this case ‘was in a very difficult position as his colleague was being assaulted’
The continued: ‘A full investigation is underway into this incident which took place several weeks ago.’