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Thug who attacks train conductor and spits in face of PC avoids jail

A YOB who attacked a train conductor before spitting in the face of a police officer has been rapped by borough magistrates.

A YOB who attacked a train conductor before spitting in the face of a police officer has been rapped by borough magistrates.

Rail operator London Midland have condemned the behaviour of passenger Joseph Campbell as ‘completely unacceptable’ after he admitted assaulting a police officer and using threatening words and behaviour.

Magistrates heard he had been high on drugs and alcohol at the time of the attack.

Campbell had boarded the London Midland service from Leamington to Birmingham Snow Hill without a ticket on November 17. But when a woman ticket inspector confronted Campbell, he became aggressive and abusive.

“He was constantly using the ‘F’ word,” said Miss Bell, prosecuting. “He refused to pay his fare.”

The inspector called for back-up from conductor David Lightowlers who told Campbell, of Grosvenor Way, Dudley, to leave the service or the police would be involved. The angry passenger then hit Mr Lightowlers.

Campbell left the train at the next stop, Dorridge, where police were waiting for him. The defendant then spat in the face of PC Mark Gowanlock.

He was sentenced to a 12 month community order and told he must pay Mr Lightowlers £100 compensation and £145 in court costs.

A London Midland spokesperson said: “Our staff have the right to conduct their roles free from the threat of verbal or physical abuse. It is completely unacceptable to be subjected to this kind of behaviour.”

 

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