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Exclusive: Man wanted over "torrent of abuse" on train is Linklaters lawyer
13 January 2017
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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 who 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 identity of the perpetrator. It released a photo of the furious commuter which was taken by another passenger and has asked the public, "Do you know who he is?"

    British Transport Police's Most Wanted

RollOnFriday can reveal that the wanted man is Tom Longstaff, an associate at Linklaters.

  Tom Longstaff

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".

After being notified of his identity RollOnFriday called Longstaff for comment, but he referred the enquiry to Linklaters' PR team, which said the firm was not currently in a position to comment. RollOnFriday also understands that the police are aware of the situation, but at the time of going to press had not made any arrests.

UPDATE: In a statement the British Transport police has said, "Following this appeal a man has contacted officers and is helping them with their enquiries".



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Piper the House Elf
13/01/2017 06:18
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I have SO much to say about this, but I'll be kind and keep my peace. Suffice to say - I'm not in the least bit surprised - lot of public schoolboy anger going on with this one...
anonymous user
13/01/2017 08:20
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Typical millennial
anonymous user
13/01/2017 08:38
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winds me up that should anyone have done the right thing and burst his pig-eyed face's nose, they would now be "wanted". Goodness, it is difficult sometimes to "please keep it nice".
anonymous user
13/01/2017 09:17
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Knuckle dragging meat head
anonymous user
13/01/2017 09:21
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The two photos look nothing alike. How old is that profile pic?
anonymous user
13/01/2017 09:24
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Tom, Nolongerstaff?
anonymous user
13/01/2017 10:03
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Arrogant, self-important, selfish scum. Literally the worst type of human being
66 Sleeps To Christmas
13/01/2017 11:08
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Piper the House Elf, according to The Telegraph he is not a public schoolboy, not even a private schoolboy. I think you have issues.
anonymous user
13/01/2017 14:00
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Formed very much in the mould of DLA's litigation department. Sociopaths to the last.
anonymous user
13/01/2017 19:37
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Why would you assume he is a public schoolboy? Looks like a bit of a chav to me...
anonymous user
14/01/2017 11:21
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We've all been there lol
anonymous user
14/01/2017 18:46
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However gross he was, I hope there is no interference by agents of the State. Freedom of expression has been hacked to pieces by its being made a criminal offence to offend anyone. You can't be prosecuted (yet) for saying "I'm racist," or "You Catholic bigot!", but you might be for saying "You black bigot!" Over the second half of my 75 years, the State and, it seems, many of my 'fellow'-citizens have set themselves up to censor anything they, irrationally, disagree with and when, as it surely will, it becomes electronically possible to monitor our thoughts, they will, enthusiastically, criminalise them. Just what Big Brother would have wanted. And then they'll protest when the warning, which they've never heard of, comes to apply to them: " First they came for the Jews ..."
anonymous user
14/01/2017 21:35
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HANG HIM! HOW DARE HE HAVE THE AUDACITY TO WORK FOR A LAW FIRM AND GET AWAY WITH SHOUTING ON A TRAIN. YOU DON'T SHOUT ON TRAINS. YOU NEVER SHOUT. SHOUTING IS BAD. I AM DEFINITELY NOT AN INTERNET WARRIOR WITH ISSUES, SO I THINK IF WE DECIDE NOT TO HANG HIM, AT BEST WE SHOULD SHIP HIM OFF TO LET ISIS DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH HIM.
anonymous user
15/01/2017 15:05
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Why can't more of you money-loving sociopathic Kannts be more like Chuka Umunna: realise the error of your selfish ways, repent and join the Labour party to make the world a better place! God knows they could do with some of your strategic brains right now.

Stop chasing a big-money partnership. It doesn't make you happy.
  

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