Page last updated at 20:54 GMT, Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Man 'brutally attacked' on Croydon-to-London train

CCTV images
Police released images of men thought to have carried out the attack

A "brutal" attack on a homeless man by four men on a train left the victim in hospital with facial fractures.

Police have released CCTV images of men believed to have carried out the attack on the 32-year-old, on a service from East Croydon-to-London Victoria.

It is thought an argument took place in the booking hall at East Croydon before the four men and the victim boarded the 0240 GMT Southern service.

The victim was repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on, early on Sunday.

Det Con John MacNaughton, said: "This was a brutal and callous attack on a man who had absolutely no chance of defending himself against four men.

"I am certain that someone will recognise the men pictured in the CCTV images and am calling on anyone who does, or the men themselves, to get in touch."

He said the four men left the train when it terminated at Victoria, leaving through the main entrance and on to the cab rank.

They were last captured on CCTV walking towards Buckingham Palace Road, just after 0300 GMT.

The victim was found by train staff who called the London Ambulance Service.

He was taken to St Thomas's Hospital in south London where he remained overnight with multiple facial injuries, before being discharged on Monday.

British Transport Police have urged anyone with information to come forward.

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