A good Samaritan was punched out cold by gang when he rushed to help female train guard
The 67 year-old have-a-go-hero, returning from a day trip out, confronted the men on the platform at Accrington Railway Station, in Lancashire.
But in an “incredibly violent and unprovoked” attack the louts punched him in the face leaving him with a broken cheek bone, two black eyes and a bruised temple.
British Transport Police said he had bravely stepped in to defend the train guard who was being abused by the gang last Tuesday night.
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After the single punch he fell and struck his head on the concrete platform and was today still recovering at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The victim, who has no recollection of the attack, was knocked unconscious by the force of the blow and left with concussion.
Officers said he was a regular user of the Burnley to Blackburn North service and was returning alone from a day out when he challenged the gang at 8.45pm.
Accrington Railway Station, in Lancashire
DC Chris Biggs, of British Transport Police, said: “This gentleman was acting in a public spirited way and took exception to the terrible abuse shown to a member of staff.
He was knocked unconscious on the floor and is still in hospita
DC Chris Biggs
“He stepped in to defend the female train guard, who was subjected to disgusting verbal abuse from a group of youths.
“But he found himself the victim of an incredibly violent, unprovoked assault. He was knocked unconscious on the floor and is still in hospital.”
The attacker was described as Asian, around 18 to 22-years-old, 6ft 2ins tall and was wearing a blue hooded anorak and black tracksuit bottoms.
The man is still recovering at Royal Blackburn Hospital
Four males have been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the attack.
They are a 17-year-old boy from Rossendale, Lancashire, and three men aged 19, 22 and 18, all from Accrington.
They have all been bailed pending further enquiries.
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