Blind man thrown on to train tracks

Police have released "appalling" footage of a blind man being pushed on to a train track as his two attackers are jailed.

CCTV images capture the moment the 31-year-old victim was shoved off the platform at Chelmsford station in Essex. 

One attacker then repeatedly punches the man, who is also profoundly deaf, as he tries to pull himself to safety.

The victim's 28-year-old brother is also thrown on to the track during the horrifying attack.

British Transport Police said the pair "could have been killed" and released the footage a day after their attackers were jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Daniel Webster, 23, from Colchester Road, Coggleshall, was handed a 22-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm against both victims.

Niall Martin, 24, of Speedwell Road, Colchester, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm against one of the men and was jailed for nine months.

The two brothers were treated in hospital after the attack. The elder brother had to undergo surgery on a fractured foot.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Alan Reed said: "This is one of the most appalling incidents I have investigated.

"Webster and Martin showed a savage disregard for their victims, and one of the brothers is still suffering from the injuries sustained to his foot.

"It is no exaggeration to say the brothers could have been killed after being thrown onto the tracks.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victims, who have shown great dignity following what was a terrifying ordeal for them."

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