Police appeal over anti-gay Birmingham train abuse

PinkNews Staff Writer February 16, 2012
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British Transport Police are appealing for information after a rail passenger shouted homophobic abuse at a another man in a Birmingham train station.

The male victim, aged 30, was travelling into Birmingham New Street last Monday, 6 February, with a friend at 5.20pm.

When they alighted the train on Platform 3 a man approached them and began shouting homophobic abuse.

PC Jas Bathal said: “As the victim and his friends made their way towards the station exit, the offender continued to shout homophobic remarks towards the victim, leaving both the victim and his friend visibly shaken by the man’s unprovoked comments.

“This type of behaviour is offensive and intimidating and has absolutely no place on the rail network.”

British Transport Police are calling on the public to help to locate a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

PC Bathal added: “Homophobic abuse will simply not be tolerated and I am determined to identify the person responsible and bring him to justice.

“But I need help from the public. If you witnessed the incident, or if you know the identity of the man in these photographs, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

“In all calls please quote log B4/WWA of 14/02/2012”

More: Crime, England, Homophobia, police, train, UK

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