Police Appeal For Witnesses After 'Appalling' Racial Abuse

Man was waiting for a train at Clapham Junction

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses after a man was racially abused at Clapham Junction station on Tuesday, 5 March.

PC Neil Allison is investigating the incident, which took place on platform 15 around 7.20pm.

He said: “The victim, an Asian man from Mitcham, was standing on the platform waiting to board a train.

“He was approached by another man, who began to shout offensive racial abuse at him, including mocking a religious marking on his head.

“The man was aggressive to the victim, pushing him and continuing his tirade of abuse, even as both had boarded the 7.34pm service to Epsom.”

Police are currently making enquiries into the incident, including reviewing CCTV footage from the station and on the train. The man involved is described as mixed race, approximately 6ft tall of a slim build and wearing black clothing. He left the train at Balham station.

PC Allison continued: “The man’s actions were appalling, and left the victim feeling understandably shocked and disgusted.

“Anti-social, racist or violent behaviour has no place on the railway and passengers should feel able to use the network without fear of becoming a victim of crime.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information about what took place, should get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B13/ LSA of 18/03/2013. Alternatively, contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, anonymously.


March 22, 2013