A Birmingham lout, who refused to pay for a fare and assaulted revenue protection managers on a train, has been jailed.
Elliot Nash, 32, told the three members of rail staff to “f*** off” and that he was not going to buy a ticket, before threatening to knock them out on the journey between Bournville and Northfield on 11 November 2016.
The shocking rant, caught on one of the manager’s body worn video cameras, then turned violent when Nash pushed and kicked one of her colleagues.
Police were called and officers identified Nash from the footage, arresting him at his Northfield home just two hours later. He was later charged with common assault and two public order offences against both staff and members of the public.
Nash, of Chatham Road, pleaded guilty and on 19 January he was jailed for 15 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
PC Nicola Mallaber from BTP said: “Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Nash had the audacity to deny the offences initially, only changing his plea when the case went to trial.
“As the footage shows, his attitude is completely unacceptable and there was absolutely no need for this to have escalated into violence.
“No member of rail staff should be spoken to in this way or attacked simply for doing their job. We hope this spell behind bars will teach Nash a valuable lesson and make him review his behaviour in the future.”
London Midland’s head of security and revenue protection, Darren Hanley, said “No colleague or customer should have to see behaviour like this when travelling by train. Fare dodging, anti-social behaviour and violence will never be tolerated by London Midland.
“In partnership with the British Transport Police and local forces we have made great strides in reducing crime and fare evasion in recent years. Incidents like this just make us more determined to make our railways even safer.”
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