Man beaten up by gang on railway platform because he wouldn't let them try on his top hat

The 54-year-old man is still being treated for facial injuries sustained in the attack

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A man was beaten up and left with facial injuries by a group of men because he refused to let them try on his top hat.

Three men passed the man as he stood on the platform at Catford Bridge station in South East London, waiting for a train to Charing Cross, shortly after 10pm on 28 February.

The men asked the 54-year-old man if they could try on his top hat and were refused.

They followed him onto the train after it arrived, before one of the men approached him again, and assaulted him.

The man suffered facial injuries in the attack and is still receiving treatment for his injuries, and his top hat was stolen.

British Transport Police has released CCTV images of three men whom investigators wish to speak to in connection with the assault.

Investigating officer Stephen Allen said: “I am keen to speak to the men in the CCTV images as they may hold vital information to my investigation and I urge them to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.