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Hi Everyone,


I recently reported 2 passengers on a London train for verbal abuse and assault (verbal threats to commit physical harm), while sitting on a train waiting to depart.


I was really concerned about a man considering attacking me and I jumped on the platform. I hurried down the platform to get assistance. At that point the train was about to leave the station and I tried to jump back in and with 1 leg stuck in the doors the train was prevented from leaving. Railway staff asked me to remove my self (although stuck and not opening the doors) and when approached I explained I had been verbally abused and assaulted. Police went into the carriage and carried out a rather superficial investigation at the end of which the Police claimed there was insufficient evidence to pursue the matter. He argued 2 witnesses stated that there was rudeness on both sides. The PC never spoke to me before speaking to the 2 individuals I reported but relied on what I initially reported to the station manager. What troubles me is that the PC never spoke to the 2nd offender who made the intimidating threads. The station manager complained that I had caused a penalty to the railway for (10 min) lateness and I held the train back deliberately. This I was told was an offence on my part. For bureaucratic reasons I was not charged but warned that I would be arrested if I caused trouble at this station again. The PC said he wanted to take my name and address down and I asked why. He said the transport police had to take down details of everyone they speak to. I gave him my details and he quoted NFPA (no further police action) on the stop/search paper.


Question is: Can I be made liable for damages or charged for an offence (holding back the train) when I was the victim to start with? What would the penalties be?



Thanks for listening, any advice would be welcome.


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  • 2 months later...

Hi Jean,


Sorry this was not replied to sooner.


Because there was no actual assault, injury, etc, the police may have preferred to not take any further action at the time to save unnecessary paperwork.


As regards whether any action could be taken against you, in theory at least, it sounds as if you could be responsible for causing delay to the train.


However, in view of the circumstances of you fearing for your safety, I doubt this would happen. You may have been criticised for delaying the train by trying to get back on it which, of course, conflicts with your saying you were in fear for your safety.


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