Editor’s Note: It is not yet established whether or not this attack was motivated by racial/Islamophobic prejudice.
A man is being held on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly trying to push a woman into the path of an oncoming Tube train on Tuesday during rush hour.
British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information after the “shocking” incident which occurred at Piccadilly Circus station just before 4.10pm on Tuesday, November 10.
BTP and Metropolitan Police Service officers attended the scene on one of the station’s Bakerloo line platforms, and arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.
He was taken to a London police station and remains in custody.
The woman miraculously escaped with minor injuries and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital for further treatment to grazes to her face.
Steve Burton, director of enforcement and on-street operations at Transport for London, said: “This type of shocking incident is extremely rare.
“Our staff acted quickly to assist the woman and other customers at the scene, and we are working closely with the police as they carry out their investigation.”
A BTP spokesman added: “Officers are currently working to build up a picture of exactly what took place and would like to hear from anyone with information.”
Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident 405 of 10/11/2015, or by texting 61016. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.