Teenager sentenced for 'sickening' attack on train driver

A teenager has been given an eight-month detention and training order after an assault with a glass bottle left a train driver bleeding and in need of stitches.

A 17-year-old youth from Croydon appeared at Croydon Youth Court on Thursday, 15 November, where he was sentenced after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) at an earlier hearing.

The incident, in which a train driver was struck on the head from behind with a glass beer bottle, took place at 5.12am of Saturday, 23 June at Guildford rail station.

The glass bottle shattered on impact which shows the weapon used was thrust at the driver with significant force. This was a sickening attack on a member of staff who was just doing his job. Members of rail staff have the right not to feel threatened at their place of work, and the train driver in this instance was lucky not to suffer a more serious injury.

– Detective Constable Matt Bevan

It is totally unacceptable for people to display this kind of behaviour towards our staff when they are simply trying to do their job. We are relieved that our driver was not more seriously injured as a result of this attack and we are pleased that the British Transport Police managed to track down the individual responsible.

– South West Trains spokesperson