Man who was haranguing rail staff for not wearing face masks at busy London station is knocked unconscious by pram-pushing passerby – who was also bare-faced
- A passenger was knocked unconscious at Clapham Junction railway station Man who was haranguing
- Footage shows him arguing with staff before another passenger attacks him
- The attacker had a child with him and was also not wearing a mask
- **Do you know the people involved in the incident? Email [email protected]**
A man was knocked out during an argument over face masks at Clapham Junction station. Man who was haranguing
Police are investigating after ‘William’, not his real name, was punched by a fellow passenger at the London railway stop.
The victim was sent to hospital where he was treated for a severe laceration and given stitches for a head wound following the scuffle.
Along with a friend, William had been arguing with South Western Railway staff by the ticket
barrier because one member was not wearing a mask.
Pictured: The victim is knocked unconscious during the scuffle
Footage taken by the friend shows a male in a grey hoodie pushing a pram past the heated exchange.Man who was haranguing
He had a child with him and was also not wearing a mask
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William is heard saying ‘you’re not wearing one either’, which he said was not directed at the man.
In response, the man turns around and walks away from his pram shouting ‘don’t f****** start on me
‘ and punches William, knocking him to the floor unconscious.
The man quickly leaves the area with his pram and child, while William is seen bleeding on the ground.Man who was haranguing
A member of rail staff is heard saying: ‘I told you both to go didn’t I?’
William said: ‘My friend asked one of the station staff a totally reasonable and polite question:
”are you exempt from wearing a mask”.
‘She’d snapped back saying ”none of your business”.
‘Admittedly I lost my temper a bit. It escalated into a row with other station staff… then you can
see the rest… thug leaves the scene, staff do nothing.
The victim said: ‘No idea who [the attacker] is, just some random person who was walking without a face
covering assumed when I was talking to the guard just flew off straight away bang’
The victim is seen lying on the station floor
Police are investigating after the victim was punched by a fellow passenger at the London railway stop
‘No idea who he is, just some random person who was walking without a face covering assumed when I was talking to
the guard just flew off straight away bang.’ Man who was haranguing
WHERE TO WEAR A FACE MASK
The Government says people in England must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings:
- Public transport, such as aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses
- Transport hubs including airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals
- Shops and supermarkets
- Shopping centres
- Auction houses
- Premises providing professional, legal or financial services,
- like post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
- Hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours
- Premises providing veterinary services
- Visitor attractions and entertainment venues, such as museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farm
- Libraries and public reading rooms
- Places of worship
- Funeral service providers, funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels
- Community centres, youth centres and social clubs
- Exhibition halls and conference centres
- Public areas in hotels and hostels
- Storage and distribution facilities
Members of the public are expected to wear a face covering before entering any of these settings and must
keep it on until you leave unless there is a ‘reasonable excuse’ for removing it.
In the footage, staff did not pursue the man but could be heard saying they have called emergency services.
South Western Railway said the member of staff who was not wearing a mask had a medical exemption.
It said the assault was an altercation between members of the public and staff had assisted with first aid and alerted the police.
A spokesperson for South Western Railway, said: ‘Our staff reported this incident to the British Transport Police who are now investigating this.
‘We will cooperate in this investigation fully, but as it is ongoing it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.’
Masks were made compulsory on public transport on June 15 and in shops on June 24.
Last week Boris Johnson announced that repeatedly refusing to wear a face mask could lead to a fine of up to £3,200.
Those who do not cover their faces in shops or on public transport can be ordered to pay a penalty of £100 –
or £50 if they pay within a fortnight.
But the Prime Minister said those caught without a mask for a second time would now face a fine of £200,
with the amount doubling on every repeat offence to a maximum of £3,200.
As part of stricter rules brought in to prevent a second wave of coronavirus,
organisers of illegal raves will face fines of up to £10,000.
The tough fines will apply to anyone organising unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people.
Mr Johnson said: ‘Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus,
but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent.
‘That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules.’
He added: ‘As I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required,
or to continue to implement local measures to help to control the spread of the virus.’
MailOnline has contacted British Transport Police for comment.