POLICE have appealed for a man who intervened in an assault at a South Tyneside Metro station to come forward.
Officers are also keen to speak anyone else who may have witnessed the attack, which happened on the Newcastle-bound platform of East Boldon station at about 10.55pm on Monday, January 6.
Pc Graham Adams of British Transport Police (BTP) said: “A man was assaulted on the platform at the station by two men.
“The men, who had travelled from Felling with two women, left the service on the Sunderland-bound platform then ran across the tracks onto the Newcastle platform.
“They became involved in a verbal altercation with the victim, before one of them kicked him.
“At this point a passenger on the platform intervened and stopped them. Both men rejoined the rest of their group and caught the next Metro train.”
BTP officers are following a number of lines of inquiry, including looking at CCTV from on board the train and the station.
Two men have been identified, and police will be speaking to them in due course.
PC Adams said: “We would like the passenger who helped the victim to contact us, as he may have information crucial to our investigation.
“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have been at the station or on board the train at the time of the incident to come forward.
“This was completely unacceptable behaviour, and it’s important that we catch and prosecute those who committed this offence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 405040, quoting background reference NEA/B18 of 22/1/2014.
Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.