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Jail for thieves who 'viciously' assaulted tube staff

JAILED: Adam Kasisi and Shane Brewer

TWO MEN who launched an 'unprovoked, violent attack' on an undercover Met police officer and three tube workers at Baker Street station on New Year's day, have been jailed.

The court heard Adam Kasisi and Shane Brewer were caught trying to steal from a shop in the station when a staff member stopped them to demand they pay for what they had taken.

One of the men then punched the tube worker before an off-duty officer came to help and was also punched in the face.

Two other members of staff came to the aid of their colleague and were subsequently assaulted before the group fled the station.

The pair were sentenced to 21 months each at Blackfriars Crown Court, after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm, common assault and shoplifting.

PC Anna Fisk, investigating officer from the Workplace Violence Unit, said: “Kasisi dropped a mobile phone at the scene after the attack, which provided key information that helped track them both down."

"This was an unprovoked, violent attack on tube staff who were simply doing their job, as well as a police officer working in the line of duty and trying to detain suspects."

Aidan Harris, Manager of the London Underground Workplace Violence Unit, said: “This result was achieved through patient and persistent detective work in trawling through evidence in a mobile phone."

"We will continue to work very closely with BTP in bringing to justice those who assault our staff.”

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