Police appeal after man head-butts member of staff at Thornton Heath station
POLICE are searching for a man who head-butted a member of staff at Thornton Heath railway station.
The man became aggressive when told he could not use his Freedom Pass before 9.30am.
After being advised to buy a ticket he returned to the barrier and pushed the member of staff and head-butted him before leaving the station.
CCTV images have been released of the man detectives want to idenify in connection with the incident, which happened at around 9.20am on June 21.
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British Transport Police (BTP) officers have returned to the station and questioned witnesses since the attack but have not been able to identify him.
Detective Sergeant Robert Stokoe, based at Croydon BTP station in Addiscombe Road, said: "The member of staff was attacked for simply doing his job and pointing out, quite rightly, that the man couldn't use his Freedom Pass before 9.30am.
"Fortunately the victim was unhurt but we are keen to find this man and question him about this violent and unprovoked attack.
"We are hoping that someone may recognise the man, who we believe was trying to get to Selhurst or Croydon, and tell us who he is."
A spokesman for Southern said: "This attack was entirely unprovoked and is another example of brutish and violent behaviour which is totally unacceptable.
"We urge anyone who recognises this man to come forward and identify him to BTP."
If you have any information call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference B6/LSA of 29/06/2012.