“Frightening” assault on teenager at Newport station

POLICE are appealing for information following a “frightening” assault on an 18-year-old man at Newport station.

Officers from the British Transport Police (BTP) are calling on members of the public to come forward after the man was attacked and had his wallet stolen shortly before 10.30am on Saturday, October 6.

The teenage victim left Newport rail station and was approached by two men on a path between the station and the car park.

Detective Constable Dave Rabbitt, based at BTP Cambridge, said: “The first man pushed the victim against a wall and demanded his wallet. When he tried to escape, the second man also pushed him against the wall.

“Fearing for his safety, he was about to hand over his cash, at which point the first attacker punched him on the nose. The second man then snatched the wallet and punched him several times in the ribs before the pair ran off towards Newport High Street.”

The victim did not suffer any lasting injuries but was left shaken by the attack. The stolen items include a silver Celtic cross and chain, a Black ‘Lambretta’ wallet with a Union Jack logo, and cash.

The first man is described as white, about 25 years old, 5’10”, with short dark brown scruffy hair, stubble, and a tanned complexion, and was wearing blue jeans, a blue zip-up hoodie and a white T-shirt.

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The second man was white, 25 to 30 years old, had scruffy black hair with a fringe, dark eyes, and was clean shaven, with a pockmarked face. He was wearing a black hoodie and skinny beige jeans.

DC Rabbitt added: “We have pursued several lines of enquiry including house-to-house visits, and now we are calling on anyone who may have witnessed this frightening incident to get in touch.

“It is possible some of the property stolen may have been discarded and found by a member of the public.

“This must have been a frightening incident for the victim and I’d urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 405040 quoting reference B1/LNA of 12/10/12, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.