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'Big man' video: No charges over passenger thrown off train

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Media captionMobile phone footage of the incident was viewed all over the world

Scottish authorities have decided not to prosecute a passenger who removed an alleged fare dodger from a train.

A mobile phone recording by a passenger on board the Edinburgh to Perth train on 9 December was viewed around the world on YouTube.

It showed Alan Pollock - since dubbed "Big man" - throwing 19-year-old Sam Main off a train after he argued with a ticket inspector.

The Crown Office said it was not in the public interest to prosecute the pair.

Two weeks after the incident, British Transport Police said a man had been charged over an alleged assault.

Mr Pollock, 35, from Stirling, was named as the man who removed Sam Main from the train at Linlithgow station.

Image caption First Scotrail conductor Alan Mitchell returned to work last week

Mr Main, from Falkirk, was not charged but was reported to the procurator fiscal for allegedly breaking the Criminal Justice and Licensing Scotland Act (2010), which relates to threatening or abusive behaviour.

However, the Crown Office now has no plans to proceed in either case.

Mr Pollock's father Jim, who lives in Wishaw, said he had not spoken to his son yet, but said the whole family would be delighted with the news.

He said: "It's been hanging over Alan's head for weeks and we're glad it's all over with."

Last week the train conductor who featured in the video returned to work.

It is understood Alan Mitchell, 63, had been on sick leave.

His employer First ScotRail would only say that Mr Mitchell had been on leave since the incident.

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