Upney station thug sent to prison
A MAN who kicked a female police officer in the chest causing her to fall backwards off a train has been jailed for three months. Alan Bafli, 23, of Fir Tree Walk, Dagenham, was sentenced at Barking Court last week for attacking the PCSO at Upney Station
A MAN who kicked a female police officer in the chest causing her to fall backwards off a train has been jailed for three months.
Alan Bafli, 23, of Fir Tree Walk, Dagenham, was sentenced at Barking Court last week for attacking the PCSO at Upney Station in Barking.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and cocaine.
PC Mark Conor, investigating officer, said that Bafli, who had been travelling on an eastbound District Line train, first came to their attention when he failed to produce a valid ticket.
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PC Conor said: "London Underground inspectors, were checking tickets on the train, and asked Bafli for his. He was unable to show one so they asked him to alight at Upney.
"A British Transport Police officer and PCSO were on patrol on the station platform, and asked Bafli for his details.
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"He gave them a false name before running towards a train which had just arrived."
He said that the PCSO gave chase, and held the carriage door open to stop the train leaving.
But Bafli kicked her in the chest, causing her to fall backwards onto the platform.
He was restrained by another officer with the help of a passenger and inspector.
While en route to Romford Police Station, Bafli was standing n the back of the police van, tugging at the back of his trousers.
The vehicle was stopped and a search recovered a number of small plastic bags containing cannabis and a white powder.
Bafli was further charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply.
PC Conor added: "We submitted the bags for laboratory analysis, with forensic testing revealing the contents to be cocaine, a Class A drug.
"This was a vicious assault on an officer who was simply doing her job; I hope the three month sentence sends out a message about the consequences for those who assault our officers."
Howard Collins, for London Underground added: "Millions of passengers travel our tube network every day, and we want them to feel safe.