Police appeal over racist abuse on train

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BRITISH Transport Police are investigating claims that two men shouted racial abuse while on a train travelling by Conisbrough and Mexborough. Witnesses are sought to the incident that took place between 10.13 and 10.54pm on June 9, on a train travelling from Doncaster to Sheffield.

Two men who were seen to board the train at Doncaster shouted and chanted racist abuse, that was heard by an Asian couple who complained, and by rail staff.

Investigating officer PC Richard Ward said: “We don’t believe the words were aimed at anyone particular on board. However this is irrelevant; the language used was vulgar and offensive and it is completely unacceptable.

“Everyone has the right to travel without fear of abuse or threatening behaviour, and when that behaviour is further exacerbated by racist undertones, our stance becomes firmer still.”

The Asian couple and the two men all left the service at Rotherham before police were on the scene.

PC Ward added: “We would like to trace anyone who was on the train who may have witnessed this incident, and we would particularly like to speak to the Asian couple who complained to the train conductor about the men’s behaviour,”

Please contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting log 606 of 09/06/2012. Or ring independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.