Thug branded cop 'Taliban terrorist' and punched passenger in vodka fuelled Tube rampage

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ATTACKED: Hoque abused a British Transport Police Officer (Pic: GETTY)

Ali Hoque polished-off two litres of vodka before racially abusing a British Transport Police officer and punching a tube passenger, a court heard.

The 27-year-old launched into a drunken rampage on July 14 after a concerned TFL member spotted him walking towards the ticket barrier in a “haphazard way” and asked Hoque if he wanted some fresh air.  

Instead of taking breather, Hoque barged into the staff booth, grabbed a member of staff and threatened to kill him. 

Hoque then made his way to the platform, where he punched a passenger and called a British Transport Police officer a “Taliban terrorist.” 

“Violence on the rail network, particularly against members of staff who are simply doing their job, will never be tolerated”

PC Luke Dear

Appearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 5 August, Hoque was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months. 

PC Luke Dear from British Transport Police said: “Hoque’s excuse of drinking excessive amounts of vodka is inexcusable.

“His violent and offensive actions were totally unacceptable.

“Violence on the rail network, particularly against members of staff who are simply doing their job, will never be tolerated.”

London Tube

THREATENED: Hoque threatened to kill a member of TFL staff (Pic: GETTY)

Appearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on August 5, Hoque was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months. 

PC Dear said: “I hope this sentence acts as a clear warning to Hoque, further such behaviour will result in him spending time behind bars.”

Transport for London’s Director of Compliance and Policing, Siwan Hayward, said: “Hoque’s behaviour was a disgusting and unacceptable way to behave towards our staff and customers. 

“Everyone has the right to go about their day without fear or intimidation and we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal assault.”

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