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Police seek man over Christmas homophobic attack on train

Nick Duffy January 8, 2018

British Transport Police have appealed for help finding a man in connection with a homophobic attack on a train travelling from London.

Officers are appealing for information after a person was a victim of a homophobic abuse.

According to a release, the attack took place at around 7:20 PM on December 23, onboard the 7:03 PM service from London Euston to Birmingham New Street.

The 23-year-old victim went to use the toilet and, whilst waiting for it to become available, was abused by a man in the same carriage.

The man made homophobic comments towards the individual, according to police.

(Creative Commons photo/Simon Pielow)

CCTV shows the same offender putting a teenage boy in a headlock, after the latter also queued for the toilet.

The offender got off the train in Wolverhampton, but told the station manager he was travelling to Shrewsbury.

(Creative Commons photo/JamesZ_Flickr)

British Transport Police said: “Hate crime of any description will not be tolerated on the rail network.

“Do you recognise the man in this image? Officers would like to speak to him as they believe he may have information which could help the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016, with reference 495 of 23 December.

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