Man punched at railway station in London over face mask row

A man has been knocked to the ground unconscious after a row at a London railway station.

The gentleman in question shall be known as William for the purposes of the news article, however, this is not his real name. The argument started when William and his friend arrived at the ticket barrier at Clapham Junction station and saw that a member of the railway staff was not wearing a face mask.

In footage taken by William’s friend, you can clearly see a man walking past also not wearing a mask in a grey hoodie and pushing a pram as the argument continues. William is heard to say “You’re not wearing one either” but denies that this comment was aimed at the man with the pram.

The man responds by turning round and, leaving the pram, walks towards William shouting at him “don’t f**king start on me” then knocks him to the ground unconscious.

The man then takes his pram and walks away from the chaotic scene with no railway staff trying to stop him. Paramedics were called and William needed hospital treatment for a severe cut to the head that required stitches.

After the incident a member of staff is heard saying that he had told William and his friend to go. In a statement, South Western Railway said that the member of staff that William and his friend had argued with was exempt from wearing a face mask due to medical reasons.

British Transport Police said that they were called to an incident at Clapham Junction station at approximately 8.40pm on 16th August after reports of an assault. They finished off by saying that inquiries were ongoing and anyone with information is being urged to contact them.

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