Witness Plea After Wimbledon Train Attack

Women attackers threw bottle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Good Samaritan was attacked by two women between Wimbledon and Chessington South last week.

The victim, a 29-year-old woman from Chessington, was attacked with a bottle after challenging two women over their offensive behaviour towards an elderly lady.

Officers have launched an investigation into the incident, which took place between 6.15pm and 7pm on Wednesday March 14.

Two women, described as being intoxicated, boarded the train at Wimbledon and were abusive to passengers in the carriage.

The women then picked on an elderly lady, taunting her and making lewd and inappropriate sexual comments. When the victim intervened and challenged their behaviour, the women threatened to assault her.

Later, as the victim prepared to leave the train at Chessington South, she was shoved by one of the women before being struck on the side of the head with a bottle. The attack left the victim in pain, but fortunately uninjured.

The first woman is described as being of mixed race, 5ft 8ins tall and aged in her late teens to early twenties. She was of average build, had short black hair and was wearing a black jacket, denim shorts, black leggings and boots.

The second woman is described as being white, 5ft 6ins tall and also aged in her late teens to early twenties. She had very long blonde hair with a fringe and was wearing brown shorts, black leggings and boots. Both were carrying bottles of alcohol.

PC Wayne Wabara, one of the investigating officers, said: "It is appalling that the women attacked the victim simply for being a Good Samaritan and for challenging their loutish behaviour.

"We've requested CCTV footage from the train and are making enquiries to try and identify the women responsible. Please get in touch if you know who they are, or have any information that could help us."

Anyone with information should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B7/LSA of 19 March. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

March 20, 2012