BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) detectives have launched an investigation after a man was glassed on a train near Grays.
Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed the incident, which took place on Saturday, 28 December on board the 8.50pm Fenchurch Street to Shoebury service, to come forward.
Detective Constable David Bishop, the investigating officer, said: “Whilst on the train, the victim, a 44-year-old man from Stratford, began to engage in a conversation with another passenger.
“At first the conversation between the two men was amicable, with the victim sharing a drink with the man.
“The conversation turned hostile however and, as the victim stepped back to move away, the man used the glass he was holding to hit the victim on the back of the head.”
Both men left the carriage as the train arrived at Grays station, around 9.25pm, where the suspect made off. Police were called and the victim later attended hospital where he was treated with stitches for the wound.
The man is described as white, aged between 28 and 35, with fair hair. He was of slim but athletic build and was dressed casually in a red top and jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident number LNA/B6 of 30/12/2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.