A 29-year-old man, who is accused of pushing a commuter under a tube train, is to face charges of attempted murder.

Alan Alencar, of Northcote Street, Edinburgh is reported to have approached 55-year-old Alain Lesjongard at Bayswater Underground station in central London, on 2 November.

Standing behind him, he allegedly pushed him in the back with both hands as the train pulled into the platform.

While the driver hit the brake, the victim was struck by the District Line train. He was trapped under the carriage, but managed to crawl out and was pulled onto the platform by shocked commuters.

He was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The defendant reportedly walked away from the scene after the apparently unprovoked attack.

Appearing at Blackfriars Crown Court on December 1, Alencar did not enter a plea. His trial will take place on 23 April, Sky News reports.