A train passenger pushing a pram who is suspected of knocking out a commuter is a father of a 35-year-old.
Adam Seymour, 35, has been arrested in connection with an attack that sent John Adam flying after hitting him, leaving the victim with blood dripping from his head at Clapham Junction station.
Mr. Adam, 45, spent 24 hours in the hospital to be treated for a severe laceration, a severely cut lip. The 45-year-old had argued with staff over not wearing a mask when he was attacked.
UK Transport Police have confirmed that a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault after the incident. He has been released on bail as investigations continue.
Her mother, Denise, said she was “devastated” by the shocking images. She told The Sun, “I can’t believe he would do something without provocation. “
In the footage, Mr Adam had argued with South Western Railway staff near the ticket gate because one member was not wearing a mask.
Adam Seymour, 35 (pictured), allegedly sent John Adam flying after hitting him, leaving him with blood dripping from his head at Clapham Junction station
John Adam (pictured) was knocked out by a train passenger pushing a pram as he argued with station staff over face masks at Clapham Junction station
The forward, in a gray hoodie, walks into the clip pushing a pram past the heated exchange. He had a child with him and also did not wear a mask.
Mr. John is heard saying “you don’t wear one either,” which he says is not aimed at the man.
In response, the man in the hoodie turns and walks away from his pram shouting “don’t f ****** start on me”.
The individual quickly leaves the area with his pram and child, while Mr. Adam bleeds to the ground.
Reliving the attack earlier this week, Mr Adam, 43, told MailOnline: ‘I was very angry that some of the staff at Clapham were not wearing masks, in particular a woman. She just told me to mind my own business and that made me even more angry.
Mr Adam spent 24 hours in the hospital being treated for a severe laceration, severely cut lip and stitches for a head injury after being punched to the ground at the train station (left and right)
“This man has nothing to do with it. He decided to interfere in something that was none of his business.
“I could see that big bump out of the corner of my eye. He then suddenly appeared right in front of me, then knocked, my head just shook inside, I could hear that ringing sound and then everything went black.
He said: “I had a mask on, just like most of the other passengers, so I wanted to know why the same rules don’t apply to workers at the station? “
He added: “I got angry and accused the staff of spreading coronavirus. I think this man mistakenly thought I was talking about him. Next thing I know is he’s walking in my direction and everything’s gone dark.
Mr Adam, who is a travel agent, from London, revealed that since the attack he has suffered from headaches, double vision and nightmares.
Speaking outside the station where the attack took place, he said: “I have to return for further testing and I am very concerned about the long term implications of my injuries. It was an incredibly hard punch, my head was wobbling and I hit the ground really hard.
The 43-year-old (pictured having returned to the station) has since launched a scathing attack on South Western Railway who informed him that they would not share any details of their investigation into their staff’s conduct
Mr Adam, currently absent from work due to injuries sustained in the attack
South Western Railway said the staff member who was not wearing a mask had a medical exemption. Pictured: Mr Adam returns to speak to staff at Clapham Station
Mr Adam revealed that the incident took place on Sunday evening while returning from an Italian restaurant in south London with his friend Peter Caldecott-Gabriel, who filmed the attack.
Visibly shaking as he recalled the events of the night, Mr Adam revealed he would now be tested for coronavirus due to the proximity of some station staff to him during the altercation.
South Western Railway said the staff member who was not wearing a mask had a medical exemption.
He said the assault was an altercation between members of the public and staff assisted with first aid and alerted police.
A spokesperson for South Western Railway said: ‘Our staff have reported this incident to the UK Transport Police, who are currently investigating.
“We will cooperate fully with this investigation, but as it is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further. “