Man assaults and racially abuses group on Doncaster train

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.

A man assaulted and racially abused a group on board a train travelling from Doncaster to Cleethorpes.

Four male friends boarded the train in Doncaster and sat at a table seat. A man boarded the train with his girlfriend. As they passed the group one of them made a comment about the girls’ bottom.

The man became extremely aggressive and began to verbally and racially abuse the group. He then physically assaulted two of the men.

Officers are currently following a number of enquiries, including looking at CCTV opportunities from on board the train and at both stations.

PC Rachael Croft leading the investigation, said: “A woman travelling on board the train attempted to intervene. Was that you? We would like to hear from you. We also believe that there may have been a number of people on the service at the time of the incident who may have witnessed what took place.

“We urge you to come forward as you may have information crucial to our investigation.

“We take all reports of assault and racist behaviour very seriously, and will not tolerate abuse of any kind on the rail network.”

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident which took place on Saturday, February 15 on board the 9.07pm service to contact them on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference NEA/B5 of 15/02/2014. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.