Did you witness racist rant?

The incident happened on a train at Bicester North station
The incident happened on a train at Bicester North station

A couple travelling by train were subjected to a tirade of racist abuse and threats.

British Transport Police (BTP) have today appealed for anyone who witnessed the racially aggravated incident to come forward.

The incident happened on Chiltern Railways’ 20:00 service from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, shortly after it left Bicester North station at about 9pm on Saturday, November 15.

PC Mark Holland said: “The victims, a man and a woman who are Middle Eastern, boarded a busy train at Bicester North before a large group of men also rushed onto the train shortly before it departed.

“One of the men in the group told the victims to move up to make space but they were unable to do so as the carriage was so crowded.

“The man then subjected the victims to a tirade of racially and religiously offensive abuse and threats.

“The victims reported the matter to rail staff when they left the train at Banbury.

“Both victims told police that they were extremely upset and shocked by this incident.”

Investigations are ongoing and officers today appealed for anyone who was on board the train and witnessed the incident, or who has information about the man responsible, to come forward.

The man who verbally abused the victims is described as white, aged 30 to 40, of medium build with a bald or shaven head, blue eyes and a gap between his front teeth. He was wearing a green/khaki parker-type jacket.

Anyone with any information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting incident reference MSUB/B9 of 16/12/14.

Alternatively, you can ring the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.