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Four men charged with attacking man on train

March 04 2010
Police describe attack as brutal and callous

Four men have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a vicious attack that left a homeless man hospitalised on Sunday 17 January. The man, who is in his 40s, was taken to hospital with facial fractures after a row broke out between him and his attackers at East Croydon station.

Detective Constable John MacNaughton of the British Transport Police described it as "a brutal and callous attack on a man who had absolutely no chance of defending himself".

Four men - Carlton York (25) and Dean Newton (24), from Highbury; Devish Dervish (24), from Beckenham Hill; and Dennis Smith (20) - have been granted conditional bail and were due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates ' Court as The Pavement went to press.

According to a London Ambulance Service spokesperson, rail staff found the 32-year-old victim collapsed in a train carriage at 3.10am at Victoria rail station. "The man had sustained facial injuries and was treated and stabilised by London Ambulance Service crew before being taken to hospital," he said.

The man remained in hospital overnight and was discharged the next day.

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