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Police hunt for man who ‘racially abused’ teen on train

ABUSE: An incident took place on board a train that travelled between Glasgow to Edinburgh

AUTHORITIES ARE appealing to the public for information after a teenager was racially abused on a train travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh on May 24.

A man from Glasgow, aged 19, who is of African heritage, was on board the 11.20pm Queen Street Waverley service train when the incident took place.

The victim left the train at Croy station at 11.40pm and it is believed that the suspect remained on the train until Polmont.

“Between 11.30pm and 11.40pm, he was approached by a white man who began to swear at him and use racially-abusive language, which the victim found very intimidating,” said British Transport Police Detective Constable Jim Duncan.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information about what took place, is asked to get in touch as a matter of urgency.

“The victim was understandably very shaken by his experience, and we’re determined to find the person responsible.

“Officers are now interviewing witnesses and studying CCTV from the stations the train travelled between to identify him.”

The suspect is described as aged in his 30s, about 5ft 9in, of slim build, with a shaved head, and was wearing a black jacket zipped up to his chin and jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In all cases, quote reference B13/SCA of 24/05/13.

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