The man being sought by police for abusing a fellow commuter for one and a half hours after they asked him to turn down the volume of his phone looks astonishingly like a lawyer at Linklaters.
According to the British Transport Police, while travelling on the 9.35pm Virgin Trains service from London Kings Cross to Leeds last December a man unleashed a "torrent of abuse
" on another passenger when they asked him to turn down the volume of his phone. The man "started verbally abusing the victim
" and continued for "approximately 90 minutes
". It left the victim feeling "uncomfortable and threatened"
The marathon rant was sufficiently serious that this week the British Transport Police launched an appeal
to discover the perpetrator's identity. It released a photo of the furious commuter which was taken by another passenger and asked, "Do you know who he is?
| British Transport Police's Most Wanted
RollOnFriday can exclusively reveal that the wanted man looks uncannily like Tom Longstaff, an associate at top City firm Linklaters.
| Tom Longstaff
ULaw graduate Longstaff trained at DLA Piper and qualified into the firm two years ago before moving last October to Magic Circle firm Linklaters. According to sources, the litigation associate commutes to London from his home just outside Leeds, where he is also a parish councillor. An insider told RollOnFriday it "must have been a bad journey
RollOnFriday contacted Longstaff but he referred the enquiry to Linklaters' PR team instead, and then wouldn't speak to them. Maybe it's his twin brother.
More on Friday.