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A tube passenger has been banned from Warren Street station in London indefinitely and told he cannot leave his home overnight after attacking a member of staff.
Jordan Green, 29, was attempting to talk to a woman as she walked through the station. He pushed through the barriers without a ticket or tapping in.
He then threatened a member of staff who requested he pay for his journey, claiming the request had embarrassed him front of the woman.
Green, of Crowland Road in London, had to be separated from the staff member, but then repeatedly tried to grab at him and his belongings.
The victim was due to end his shift and had food shopping to take home – Green ripped open the bags and stamped on the contents.
He also took and broke the victim’s headphones.
Ultimately, he followed the victim into the Supervisor’s office at the station, took the victim by the neck and broke his glasses and a necklace.
Officers were at the scene and arrested Green within six minutes of the attack being reported.
The incident happened at around 2.20pm on Friday 14 August 2020.
It was further investigated by the British Transport Police London Underground staff assaults team.
Picture: Officers patrolling Upton Park station as part of their work to support passengers and station staff
PC Steve Russell said: “Attacking someone out of social embarrassment is ridiculous, especially when that person was just doing their job and their request was perfectly reasonable.
“The courts were right to ban him from the station, and he’ll spend the next three months unable to leave his home overnight.
“We have a dedicated staff assaults team for the London Underground. Its full purpose is to ensure anyone who verbally or physically abuses TfL staff are dealt with.
“Staff now wear Body Worn Video, and we use the vast amount of CCTV across the Underground to capture footage of any offences, which we’ll then use as indisputable evidence in court.”
Green was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday 11 March.
He pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property and assault.
Aside from the station ban and curfew, he was also given a 16-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £550 to the victim.
Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance, Policing Operations and Security at TfL, said: “This was an appalling and senseless attack on a colleague. It is simply unacceptable for anyone to be subjected to intimidation or abuse on our network and we will not stand for it.
"Safety is our absolute priority and we are focused on protecting our staff and customers. We take a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of abuse and do everything possible to support convictions and the strongest penalties in every case.”