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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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