A GRANDFATHER was punched in the head three times travelling on the train near Shenfield.
The 70-year-old man was travelling home from a day out in Southend with his wife and three grandchildren, aged between six and 12 years old.
A man became abusive towards the victim's wife and grandson, swearing at them. When the victim asked him to stop the man punched him in the head three times causing him to fall onto the seats.
The family left the train at Shenfield and the pensioner was left with bruising to his face and arm. The man who carried out the assault continued on the train to Stratford.
The assault occurred at around 7:20pm on Friday, August 23 on the train between Southend and London Liverpool Street.
British Transport Police officers are appealing for information and investigators have released CCTV of the man they would to speak to in connection with the incident.
Officers are continuing to investigate the incident and would urge anyone who recognises the man to come forward.
PC Kelly Durant, the investigating officer, said: "This was a brutal and violent attack on a man who was simply standing up to abusive and anti-social behaviour.
"This type of violence is not tolerated and we will do all we can to locate the man responsible and bring him to justice. The image is clear – if you recognise him or witnessed the shocking incident – I'd urge you to contact police."
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B15/LNA of 0800 40 50 40. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.