Train Accident Victim Finds Little Compassion

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 102 months ago
Train Accident Victim Finds Little Compassion

0710_claphamnorth.jpg Is it just the cooler weather, or are Evening Standard readers normally this cold-hearted? The story of 41-year old Claphamite Lee Roberts, who nearly came a cropper when his bag got caught in the doors of a Northern line train at Clapham North, has received short shrift from commenters on the paper's website.

"It's your own stupid fault" and "he brought this on himself" are two, not atypical responses, while a number of commenters are incensed by Roberts' decision to wear his rucksack on his shoulder; an annoying trait, certainly, but one deplorable enough to deserve being dragged face-first into a brick wall?

The most barbed vitriol is directed at Mr Roberts' request that the next train be halted while he retrieved his belongings from the track: said one class warrior, "City types need to realise that the world no longer revolves around them". Staff at the station were unsympathetic to his pleas, and Mr Roberts retrieved his belongings himself, without a helping hand from from his impassive fellow commuters.

While compassion isn't London's strong suit, blaming the victim is a little extreme, and clouds the bigger issue — that neither the driver nor station staff seemed aware of what was happening.

Image by Martin H

Last Updated 07 October 2009


Reading comments on that article makes me sad to call myself a Londoner.


You can't get down over comments on newspaper articles. They are mean, nasty and out of all proportion and that's true in London, in Britain and anywhere over this earth.

The lonely creeps in our society need a place to get mad. Let them have it and don't spend time worrying about them.


no one put up a statue in honour of a critic.

I know that if I'd been there when it happend, I'd have done what I could to help as I did when the reverse happend, I was on a tube when someone jumped on as the doors closed and got his bag stuck outside with just the straps through the nearly closed doors. I stuck my foot in the door to stop it closing, the driver sensing this, took the usual approach and opened the doors before trying again to close. This gave time to pull the rest of the bag into the carriage.