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‘Racist’ argument escalates into violence on tube

WANTED: Unidentified man and woman

POLICE ARE searching for a man and a woman in relation to a violent incident that occurred on board a tube where alleged racist language was used.

A video of the incident, where a young man punched a woman after being struck by a bottle, was uploaded on video sharing website YouTube on January 8.

The two passengers exchangers heated words, some of which were of a racial nature.

The confrontation then turned physical and passengers had to restrain the man after the woman hit him with a bottle.

WARNING: Video contains offensive language and footage of a violent nature

The incident is believed to have taken place on the evening of January 7 between Northern Line stations Old Street and Moorgate.

“There is an allegation of abusive behaviour by the woman towards the man, but that doesn’t justify a violent response,” said a British Transport Police spokesperson.

“The man and woman pictured in the images are seen arguing with each other on the video and we’re keen to speak to both of them to get their version of events.

“We urge them or anyone who knows them, as well as passengers who were on the train at the time, to come forward so we can begin to build a full picture of what exactly took place.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B7/LUA of 10/01/13. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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