Woman punched in the chest 'extremely violently' after dropping her bag on man's toe

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the July assault. (British Transport Police)

A woman was violently assaulted after she accidentally dropped a bag onto a man’s toe at Farringdon station in central London.

The man became “extremely violent” and “verbally abused” the 28-year-old victim before punching her in the chest, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Officers want to speak to a suspect seen on CCTV on a Thameslink train after the attack, and are urging people with any information to get in touch.

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The incident took place at 12:30am on July 3.

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: “Officers believe the man shown in this CCTV image may have information which could help them investigate.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 15 of 3/07/2019. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

British Transport Police aim to keep the UK's rail network safe every day. (GETTY)

The latest statistics from the British Transport Police show 61,159 were committed on transport networks in 2017/2018, an increase from 52,235 in the previous year. The force says the increase is 'due in part to improvements we’ve made to how crime is recorded'.

Last year the the number of violence against the person (VAP) offences increased by 26% to 11,711 offences. 63% of these crimes were classified as common assault, involving no injury to the victim.

The BTP says the majority of violent offences take place during the rush hour or on late-night services.

Over the last ten years crimes involving violence against the person on transport networks have increased by 47%. Sexual offences have increased by 167%. Overall crime has decreased by 13% in the past decade.

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