Officers launch appeal after Higham man dies following an ‘altercation’ at train station

PUBLISHED: 13:37 04 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:37 04 September 2015

Richard Powell

Richard Powell


Detectives investigating the case are asking for witnesses to come forward

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses after a man from Higham was seriously injured, and later died, after what they describe as an ‘altercation’ at London Victoria station.

Richard Powell, 39, suffered serious head injuries in the incident on August 1, dying three days later at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Detectives from BTP’s Major Investigation Team are now launching a public appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, leading the investigation, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed an altercation involving three men on the main concourse of Victoria mainline station at approximately 7.35pm on Saturday, August 1. Any information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, could prove crucial to the investigation.”

A 21-year-old man, from south London, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) and was subsequently released on bail, pending further enquiries.

BTP officers will be at Victoria station this Saturday (September 5) appealing directly to members of the public. In additional to distributing information leaflets, they will also be using Bluetooth technology to alert passengers at the station to the appeal via their handheld devices.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference S/B9 of 20/08/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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