A RAIL firm is putting up a £1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of a man who hit and stamped on the head of a ticket inspector.

British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating the serious assault on board a northbound First Capital Connect train.

The suspect boarded the train at Hornsey station, and on the approach to New Southgate station was asked to show his ticket.

After an exchange of words, the suspect punched the member of staff in the face causing him to fall to the floor, and then stamped on his head.

The victim suffered two black eyes and bruising around the nose, and the suspect made off at New Southgate.

The incident took place on Sunday, August 5, at 2.41pm, and rail firm First Capital Connect is offering the reward for information leading to a successful conviction.

The suspect is described as aged between 20 and 25, 6ft 2ins tall, black, of muscular build, with short black hair, wearing a light chequered short sleeve shirt and blue denim shorts.

BTP Detective Constable Ian McCammont said: “This was a vicious attack on a member of staff who was simply doing his job.

“We are treating this very seriously. Rail staff have a right to go to work without fear of verbal or physical attack and BTP will not tolerate this sort of violence.”

Martin Grier, head of revenue protection and security at First Capital Connect, said: “We will not tolerate abuse of any kind towards our staff and will always seek to prosecute offenders. I would urge anyone with any information to contact the police.”

Anyone who may recognise the man in the CCTV image is urged to contact BTP free on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B8 of 17/10/07 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. All call