A man who repeatedly assaulted a Metrolink worker in Audenshaw has been jailed
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Jordan Halliday (05/11/1982) of Ridge Hill Lane, Stalybridge was jailed on 16 November at Tameside Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to Section 4 Public Order and Common Assault.
On Friday 3 September police received a report of violent assault against a Metrolink employee at Audenshaw Metrolink stop.
Following enquiries it was established Halliday had become aggressive with the employee after being challenged for proof of his fare.
It was after this he became violent and repeatedly assaulted the man, causing multiple injuries.
Halliday was jailed for 16 weeks and ordered to pay £150 victim compensation.
Police Constable Damian Warner of GMP's Transport Unit: "This was an abhorrent assault on a man who was simply doing his job and nobody should face the threat or fear of violence in their workplace.
"Thankfully we were able to identify the man responsible which led to the arrest and charge of Halliday. He will now spend the next few months behind bars where he'll have plenty of time to consider his heinous actions.
Danny Vaughan, head of Metrolink at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “This was an appalling attack on a hardworking Metrolink employee who was simply doing his job.
“I have spoken to the staff member, who has relayed his thanks to the police officer dealing with the case for going ‘beyond the call of duty’ to help him.
“We welcome the custodial sentence, and we are also pushing for this individual to be banned from the Metrolink network.
“I hope this case will act as a strong warning and deterrent to others who think such senseless behaviour will be tolerated on our network.”