Metrolink assault: Jordan Halliday jailed for assaulting tram ticket inspector

Jordan Halliday admitted attacking the worker earlier this year when asked for his ticket.

<p>A Metrolink tram (image: Getty)</p>

A Metrolink tram (image: Getty)

A man has been jailed after attacking a Metrolink ticket inspector when asked to produce his ticket.

Jordan Halliday, 39, of Ridge Hill Lane, Stalybridge, became aggressive when asked to show proof of fare at Audenshaw Metro stop in September, Tameside Magistrates’ Court heard. He attacked the inspector, causing a number of injuries.

Halliday pleaded guilty to an assault charge and was jailed for 16 weeks.

He must also 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.”

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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.”