Man, 81, kicked in Victoria to Orpington train assault

CCTV image of man
Image caption Officers said a man pictured on CCTV may have information on the attack

An 81-year-old man was kicked and punched in the head in a "frightening assault" on a south London train, British Transport Police has said.

The pensioner, who was on his way to see his grandchildren, suffered severe swelling and a possible fractured left cheek.

He had been travelling on a train from London Victoria to Orpington.

It was close to Bromley South station when he was attacked on 19 July at about 18:30 BST.

The attacker claimed the pensioner was "staring" at him and lashed out, according to investigating officer PC Clive Thomas.

'Frightening assault'

"A man boarded at Penge East with his girlfriend and a short while into the journey this man accused the 81-year-old victim of staring at him," he said.

"Heated words were exchanged before the man jumped from his seat and delivered a fierce punch to the victim's head.

"He then went on to kick him in the head before leaving the train at Bromley South station with his girlfriend.

"This was a violent and frightening assault on an elderly man who was on his way to visit his grandchildren and has left him feeling shaken and vulnerable."

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they believe may have information about the attack.

"It is vitally important that we speak to the man pictured to find out what happened and I would urge him or anyone who recognises him to contact police immediately," Mr Thomas said.

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