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Police appeal after tram 'bottle attacks'

APPEAL: Do you know these people?

POLICE ARE appealing for information after two unprovoked attacks onboard a Croydon tram.

Officers have released CCTV images of two women they urgently want to speak to in connection with the assaults, which took place on Saturday, 2 June.

Detective Constable Ostin Elkins, based at Croydon BTP station on Addiscombe Road, said: “The victims were travelling separately on a Beckenham Junction-bound tram when two women boarded at Sandilands."

“As the tram approached Harrington Road around 8.45pm, a brief verbal exchange took place between the first victim and one of the women, before the woman punched her in the left eye."

DC Elkins continued: “A fellow passenger then intervened and tried to push the woman away but she returned and struck the victim with a glass bottle, leaving her with heavy bruising and bleeding, which required stitches.

“The pair then left the tram at Harrington Road and re-boarded via different doors but became embroiled in an argument with another group of women, with the second woman spitting at one of the group before hitting her over the head with a glass bottle."

“From our enquiries, including reviewing CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses, it is clear that these were unprovoked, vicious attacks on two innocent women, which have understandably left them shaken."

“The tram was very busy at the time, so I am sure passengers would have seen something. If you can name the women in the images we have released or have any information that could help our investigation we want to hear from you.”

Anyone who can name the women in the CCTV images, or who has any information, should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B6/LSA of 06/07/12. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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