Police are looking for a suspect who pushed a commuter under a tube train at Kentish Town Station, north London.
Witnesses saw a man push a commuter onto the tracks in front of an approaching train. The young commuter was seriously hurt and is in hospital. The stocky black man escaped from the scene by boarding a northbound train heading for Barnet. The incident is being treated as attempted murder. Police are appealing for witnesses after releasing a photo of the suspect.
The man was struck by a train just before midday on Wednesday and was rushed to hospital.
Witnesses posted on social media expressing their horror. One user wrote: “I feel physically sick. Someone has just been pushed under the train at #kentishtown underground station. Please everyone stay safe.”
“We treated a man at the scene and took him as a priority to a hospital in Central London with a doctor from the air ambulance on board.”
Later on Wednesday British Transport Police (BTP) released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the incident.
DS Gary Richardson said the man “ran to the northbound platform where he boarded a tube in the direction of High Barnet”. DS Richardson continued: “We have received reports from witnesses that the man was pushed in front of a train and we are currently treating this as an attempted murder.
Kentish town tube station shut police ambulance and fire crews everywhere; appears a fatality occured on train line pic.twitter.com/HYXx6bKwbc
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A London Ambulance spokesperson told London24: “We sent multiple resources including a single responder in a car, an ambulance crew, our hazardous area response team and London’s Air Ambulance.
“We are now issuing images of a man we want to speak to in connection with the incident and appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
“He was at the station at the time and we believe he will be able to help our enquiries. If you know who he is, please contact us immediately.”
Police describe the man they want to speak to as “ black, clean shaven, aged 20 to 30, around 5 ft 11 of stocky build and with short hair”.
Pat Hansberry, operations director for the Northern line, said: “We are working closely with the police as they carry out their investigation.”
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