Man pushed under a Tube train

by JUSTIN DAVENPORT, Evening Standard

A man escaped death after being pushed in front of a speeding Tube train.

The 30-year-old fell into the well beneath the live rails just before the train rattled over him.

He suffered shock and serious burns to his leg and is recovering in hospital today.

Police, who describe the escape as " miraculous", are investigating the case as attempted murder and have appealed for witnesses to the attack on the southbound platform of the Victoria line at Finsbury Park station at 9.30am on Sunday.

The victim and his brother were waiting for a train to take them to a church service in central London.

Det Insp Dave Shipperlee, of the British Transport Police, said: "He was minding his own business when, as the train was coming in, he was violently shoved from behind.

"It was a very deliberate, aggressive and very strong shove which sent him right across the rails. It is miraculous that he was not killed. We cannot find any reason for the attack, no words were spoken and there was no argument.

"There seems to be no motive, it just came out of the blue."

The victim managed to crawl out from under the train. The attacker ran off and was chased by the victim's brother and two Underground staff but they lost him outside.

Witnesses say he was black, in his late teens or early twenties and wearing a dark coat. Police are examining CCTV pictures from cameras at the station in an effort to identify him.

Mr Shipperlee said the station was relatively crowded at the time. "We need to speak to anyone who may have seen this incident or seen anything suspicious," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to ring the Transport Police on 020 7391 5275.

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