British Transport Police (BTP) has launched an investigation after an 81-year-old man was kicked in the head by a man on a train close to Bromley South station.
Investigators are searching for a man they believe may have information about the attack which took place around 6.30pm on Friday, 19 July.
PC Clive Thomas is investigating. He said: “The elderly man had been travelling onboard a London Victoria to Orpington service when the incident happened.
“A man boarded at Penge East with his girlfriend and a short while into the journey this man accused the 81-year-old victim of staring at him.
“Heated words were exchanged before the man jumped from his seat and delivered a fierce punch to the victim’s head. He then went on to kick him in the head before leaving the train at Bromley South station with his girlfriend.”
As a result of the attack, the elderly man suffered severe swelling and a possible fracture to his left cheek
Officers are currently carrying out a number of enquiries in the local area to identify the person responsible, and are now calling on members of the public to help.
PC Thomas continued: “This was a violent and frightening assault on an elderly man who was on his way to visit his grandchildren and has left him feeling shaken and vulnerable.
“It is vitally important that we speak to the man pictured to find out what happened, and I would urge him or anyone who recognises him to contact police immediately.”