Julia Macfarlane, a London-based journalist working for ABC, said she was kicked and punch on a train around 10:30am this morning, by a man who was simply annoyed by her.
The incident happened as she was getting off at East Croydon railway station in South London. British Transport Police were called and are investigating, but no arrests have been made.
Here’s what you need to know about Julia Macfarlane:
1. Julia Says The Man Started Punching Her And Tried to Take Her Phone; She Chased Him Out of The Station to Get a Good Look at His Face
When the train pulled into East Croydon Station, a man started pushing Julia as if she was in the way as he was trying to exit.
“I turned around and said, ‘mate, I’m getting off at the next stop too,’” Julia told MailOnline.
The man responded with, “how the f*** was I supposed to know that?”
Julia tried to ignore the man by turning her back to him and putting her headphones in, but he kicked her in the back. “He kicked me hard – like a football,” she said.
“He repeatedly tried to punch me because I didn’t get off the train fast enough.”
“The whole time I was trying to take photos of him he was grabbing me and trying to take my phone and swinging his fists,” Julia said in her interview.
Julia and a bystander chased the man to see if they could get his hat off to take a picture of his face for police, but the man ran away.
“He’s a danger to other people so hopefully the police will catch him. Imagine if I had been an old lady,” Julia said.
2. Julia Was Asked to Remove The Photos She Posted of The Attack, But The Man Has Been Identified
Have reluctantly deleted pics on advice from BTP as they say it may affect investigation and the man in question has apparently handed himself in and has been identified. If you see *assault*, don’t just ogle. Help. Thanks to Mail, Sun, Standard and Croydon Guardian for covering
— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) August 10, 2018
The photos Julia had of the attack had to be removed while police investigated, but her attacker has been identified. Police told her he turned himself in. It’s unknown whether or not he will face charges.
According to Julia, only one person stepped in to help her, even though there was an entire train full of people who witnessed her being kicked and punched.
“The only person who helped me – and actually ran after the man and caught him for a short while before he escaped again – was a young black guy called Tyesdale. Hero, thank you friend.”
Julia has some bruising from the attack but her injuries did not require medical attention.
3. Julia Began Her Career as a Photo Journalist in Indonesia Where She Was Born
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