British Transport Police today released this CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a nurse being verbally abused on the London Underground, before she saved the life of a pensioner who stood up for her.
Officers also want to hear from a passerby believed to have filmed the row on his mobile phone on Saturday (January 3).
The incident occurred on a Metropolitan line train between Eastcost and Uxbridge at around 11.45am, when a man began shouting at nurse Polly Collins because her phone rang.
Grandfather Stephen Breed, 65, stepped in and the man turned his abuse towards the pensioner, who suffered a heart attack moments later at Uxbridge station.
Miss Collins rushed to his assistance, performing CPR at the turnstile while waiting desperately for an ambulance to arrive, as first reported by GetWestLondon.
Today Mr Breed said he hoped justice would be done.
He said: “I hope they can bring him to court. Something should happen to him. They should ban him from the trains at least.”
He added: “You can't travel on trains these days and abuse people. It's ridiculous in this day and age. Someone's got to have a word with him at least.
“This poor girl was sitting there minding her own business, having a text to someone and a bit of a chat, and the guy was just abusive. She was cowering in her seat. She was terrified.”
Mr Breed said he saw no option but to intervene.
He said: “Someone had to do it. You can't let people get away with something like that. I just said, 'Leave the lady alone.'”
Mr Breed collapsed at the station's turnstile and technically 'died' three times in the moments that followed.
Miss Collins had been on her way to work at Hillingdon Hospital when it happened.
The 43-year-old, who lives in Grimsby, Lincolnshire and works for Thornbury Nursing Services, gave Mr Breed CPR for up to 20 minutes before he was taken to Harefield Hospital, where he was fitted with a stent. He has since been discharged and is recovering well.
Detective constable Daniel Holmes, of BTP, said he needed to speak to the man in the image released today.
He said: “I urgently want to speak to this man, as we believe he might have significant information about what happened. Do you recognise him? If you do, please get in touch with BTP.
“I would also like to talk to anyone who was on the train and witnessed the incident, and has not yet come forward. In particular I would like to trace a young man – possibly Asian – who was seen to film the incident on a mobile phone. The footage could be important evidence that we would like to view.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference B6/TSUB of 09/01/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111