'I Screamed as Muggers Hit Me but No One Came'; TUBE ATTACK VICTIM BLAMES RISE IN VIOLENT ASSAULTS ON INADEQUATE STATION SECURITY

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Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP

A WOMAN who was mugged in a Tube station condemned Underground bosses today for failing to protect passengers.

Nicola McCartney, 22, was attacked in the ticket office at Westbourne Park as she was preparing to catch a train.

Three teenagers in hooded tops hit her around the head with a leather belt before taking her mobile phone and continued the attack even after she handed over her handbag.

She screamed for help but the station was deserted, the ticket office shutters were closed and no one came to her aid.

Ms McCartney, an art student from Clerkenwell, said that a lack of security staff and poor CCTV cameras at Tube stations were to blame for violent assaults.

She said: "In many stations there are no visible members of staff on hand to help people after 9pm. If there were, they would act as a deterrent to muggers and make commuters feel safer.

"On the day of my attack the CCTV cameras were not working properly.

Cameras that do not work or are badly placed and produce grainy images are not going to help police catch perpetrators. …