Witness Plea After Tram Stop Attack

Victim in hospital with head injuries

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to identify after a tram stop attack left a man with serious head injuries.

Investigators from British Transport Police (BTP) are continuing to appeal for information following the incident, which saw two Wimbledon teenagers arrested.

The attack took place at East Croydon tram stop at 1.05am on Saturday (August 4).

Detective Sergeant Bob Stokoe, based at Croydon BTP station on Addiscombe Road, said: "Our investigation into this callous attack is continuing and after examining CCTV footage we've now identified two further men we want to speak to.

"If you recognise either of them and think you can name them, please get in touch."

A group of youths were reported to have attacked the 32-year-old victim, from Norbury, after he refused to give one of them a lighter.

The man, who had just left a tram with his mother and girlfriend, was then set upon by the group, leaving him unconscious for a short period.

The victim received what were initially described as life-threatening injuries, including bleeding to the brain and a fractured eye socket. He remains in hospital and his condition is currently described as serious but stable.

Two teenage boys, a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old, both from Wimbledon, were arrested in an underpass near Dingwell Road shortly after the assault and were taken into custody.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and was remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Youth court on Monday (August 6).

The 17-year-old, also from Wimbledon, was released on bail until September 3 pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B3/LSA of 4 August. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

August 7, 2012