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Train passenger abuses staff before spitting in face of police officer

A PASSENGER, who attacked a train conductor before spitting in the face of a police officer, has admitted assault.

A PASSENGER, who attacked a train conductor before spitting in the face of a police officer, has admitted assault.

Joseph Campbell had boarded the Leamington Spa to Birmingham Snow Hill service, on November 17, without a ticket.

After the service left Leamington, the female ticket inspector began checking tickets but Miss Bell, prosecuting, said when Campbell was approached, he became aggressive and abusive.

“He was constantly using the ‘F’ word,” she added. He refused to pay his fare.

The inspector was forced to call for back-up from conductor David Lightowlers.

Campbell, of Grosvenor Way, Quarry Bank, Dudley, eventually offered to pay his fare by credit card, which was unsuccessful, and when told to leave the service refused to do so.

When the conductor said police would be involved, Campbell hit Mr Lightowlers.

The defendant then left the train at the next stop, Dorridge, where police officers were waiting. He then spat in the face of PC Mark Gowanlock, the court heard.

Campbell pleaded guilty to assault by beating, assaulting a police officer and using threatening words and behaviour.

The case was adjourned until December 19 for reports.

 

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