Wed, 18 May 2016
POLICE have published a picture of a man they want to speak to following a racist attack on board a Paddington to Newbury train.
The 34-year-old victim was approached by a two men and a woman who struck up a conversation with him.
One of the men in the group became aggressive and started making anti-Muslim remarks to the victim.
He then punched the victim in the face before leaving the train at Southall.
The unprovoked assault happened at 10.15pm on Sunday May 1.
PC Rachel Parfitt said: “The victim was left bruised by this disgraceful attack and it is fortunate that he was not more seriously injured.
“This was a racially motivated assault which will have appalled anyone who witnessed it and we need anyone with information to come forward.
“Passengers have the right to expect they will be safe when they travel. We will do everything we can to find the person responsible for this assault.”
Officers have analysed CCTV and distributed images on police intelligence networks, and today have released an image of a man who they think may have information about the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference 178 of18/5/16. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111