CCTV released of Dorset train assault

CCTV image of a man police want to speak to
Image caption Police are hoping to speak to a man pictured on CCTV

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a train conductor was verbally abused and spat on while checking tickets.

A man was asked to show his ticket shortly after the train left Sherborne station in Dorset.

When he was told he would have to get off at the next station he became abusive.

British Transport Police (BTP) said they were treating the incident on 17 November 2010 as assault.

The train was on its way from Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo in the afternoon.

Pc Linda Carey-Harris said: "The man repeatedly swore at the guard and threatened him before spitting at him as he left the train at Gillingham.

"The guard was left shaken by the incident.

"Behaviour such as this will not be tolerated. Staff have the right to go about their duties without being assaulted or abused.

"I would urge anyone who knows the identity of the man in the photographs to contact police straight away."

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