Police appeal for public's help in catching man after his dog bit person in face at Hammersmith Tube station
A PITBULL terrier bit a man’s face at Hammersmith Tube station, causing him injuries which needed plastic surgery.
Police are appealing for the public’s help following the savage attack, which happened at about 2.10am on New Year's Day.
Detective Constable Tim Barnes, the investigating officer, said: "The victim was waiting for a train with his friends on the eastbound Piccadilly line platform. A man entered the station with a pitbull-type dog on a lead and made his way to the same platform.
"The victim bent down and put out his hand to stroke the dog but the animal jumped forward and bit his face. The victim sustained injuries to his nose and lips, which required surgery.”
Officers are now releasing CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
DC Barnes said: "We’ve carried out a number of enquiries to try and establish the identity of this man, including speaking to witnesses and circulating images on police intelligence systems, but to no avail so far. If you recognise him, or have any information that could help our investigation, please contact us."
The victim is from Letchworth Garden City, Herts.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B6 of 31/01/13. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.