Railway robber knocked victim out then ran off

Kristaps Karols attacked a rail passenger at Sandal and Agbrigg station
Kristaps Karols attacked a rail passenger at Sandal and Agbrigg station
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A 22-year-old man has been jailed after knocking a rail passenger unconscious and stealing his belongings at a station.

Kristaps Karols, from Hanson Avenue in Normanton, attacked his victim while he was standing at Sandal and Agbrigg station in Wakefield waiting for a train.

British Transport Police officers

British Transport Police officers

According to British Transport Police, Karols walked onto the station platform with a group of other men and sat down on a bench at 8.30pm on August 31.

He then approached the victim, a 19-year-old man from Kinsley, and punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious, before stealing his bag and mobile phone and fleeing.

BTP launched an investigation and extensive enquiries were undertaken in an attempt to trace the man responsible. A media appeal led officers to Karols and he was arrested.

Karols pleaded guilty to the offence at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday. He was sentenced to 30 months in jail and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.

Detective Constable Penny Halliwell of BTP said; “The victim was left concussed, disorientated and extremely shaken following the assault and had to spend the night in Pinderfields Hospital.

“Karols’ behaviour was violent, unprovoked and cowardly. He attacked and robbed a young man who was simply waiting to catch a train, knocking him unconscious before stealing his belongings and running away.”

Meanwhile, train passengers will today be urged to look out for suicidal behaviour on the railways after a spate of similar deaths in one area of West Yorkshire in the last 18 months.

There have been five suicides on the Leeds to Manchester rail route between Dewsbury and Marsden in West Yorkshire in the last year-and-a-half, according to British Transport Police.

Officers will today be working with the charity Samaritans at stations and on trains in around Huddersfield and Dewsbury in a bid to raise awareness of the issue among passengers.

Pc Marcus Robinson of British Transport Police said: “Many people who do choose to take thier own lives illustrate specific behaviour prior to the event.

“If we can encourage people to intervene and take positive action, which could be anything from calling BTP or alerting a member of rail staff, to simply talking to someone who looks distressed, lives could be saved.

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