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No prosecutions in case where 'Big Man' threw alleged fare dodger off train

The video of the incident became a viral sensation with over two million hits on YouTube.

Image: Screengrab via YouTube.

THE MAN WHO became an internet sensation after he threw an alleged fare dodger off a train will not be charged and neither will his victim.

Footage of Alan Pollock, 35, throwing Sam Main, 19, off a train in Scotland has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube with the financial manager hailed as the ‘Big Man’ for how he dealt with the alleged fare dodger.

Subsequently Main claimed he had a ticket for the Edinburgh to Perth ScotRail service and had been trying to explain to the ticket inspector that he had been mistakenly sold two singles in the same direction.

But the ticket inspector appeared to not believe the student’s story and Pollock emerged to eject Main from the train to the delight of some passengers including the one who filmed the incident:

YouTube: ianhems

Pollocks was later charged with assault while Main was reported to prosecutors under section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licencing Act which covers threatening and abusive behaviour.

But in a statement, quoted on the Guardian website, the Scottish prosecution service, the Crown Office said: “After full and careful consideration of the reports by crown counsel, it was decided that it is not in the public interest to prosecute either male, and the cases are now closed.”

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