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Young Ellesmere Port woman's bid to find train guard who saved her from 'creep'

Ellie Ward's unsettling experience has led her to back Merseyrail workers' strike action

A young woman from Ellesmere Port is asking for help to track down the train guard who helped get her away from a 'creep' who had been watching her and loitering behind her seat.

Twenty-year-old Ellie Ward wants to find the quick-thinking official to thank him for his assistance over the alleged incident on the 9.30pm service from Liverpool Central to Ellesmere Port on Saturday (September 2).

She recalled how the guard advised her and another young woman to move to the front of the train because he had noticed a man standing right behind her and watching their reflections in the window, reports the Liverpool Echo .

Ellie, who revealed she and the other woman had been 'really shook up' by what happened, said it was only when she got home that her parents told her Merseyrail guards feared for their jobs – and she is now backing their strike action.

Ellie Ward did not know before that guards' jobs were under threat - and now supports the strike

Ms Ward, a support worker who works with people with learning disabilities, said: “It’s quite scary to think what could have happened if the guard wasn’t there.

“We were both really shook up, particularly after what happened in New Brighton.

“The guy was standing right by the chair watching my reflection - you don’t know what he was thinking.”

She wrote on Facebook: “I want to ask, does anybody know who he is? I’d love to say thank you personally.

“This is why we need the train wardens to protect those who maybe are vulnerable on trains, and to diffuse any situation that might happen.”

The Merseyrail strikes over the weekend were the latest action in a bitter row over guards’ fears that a new fleet of trains will see their jobs scrapped and passenger safety compromised.

The trains, due to be used from 2020, allow drivers to control the doors rather than guards.

A Merseyrail spokeswoman said: “We are sorry to hear about the experiences of the two women on the train on Saturday evening and have thanked our colleague for supporting them both in a practical, sensitive way.

Computer generated images of how the new Merseyrail trains will look when they come into action in 2020

“The new trains will see the creation of more than 60 on-board customer service positions, with staff dedicated to passenger security and comfort. They will be present on trains and at locations where they will be most needed, and we’ve proposed these staff will be on all services after 8pm.

“The open carriages and bright lighting, plus the CCTV in the carriages will all act as a deterrent against anti-social behaviour. And any passenger who wishes can always sit behind the glass partition of the driver’s cab for extra reassurance.”

She added that the strike was 'pointless' and simply about the RMT union 'maintaining bargaining power'.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident and officers are currently making enquiries, including seizing available CCTV evidence.

“Anyone who was on board the train and witnessed what happened are asked to contact police by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.”

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