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CCTV appeal after men racially abuse staff on Lichfield-bound train

The men British Transport Police want to speak to

The men British Transport Police want to speak to

British Transport Police are hoping Lichfield rail passengers may be able to provide vital clues in the hunt for two men who hurled racial abuse at a train ticket inspector.

The incident happened on the Longbridge to Lichfield City train at 2.10pm on March 31.

Two men who were travelling together without any tickets were approached by members of staff on the train between Aston and Erdington stations. The pair then threatened staff before one of the men shouted racial abuse as they left the train at Erdington.

And now British Transport Police are re-issuing CCTV footage of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Constable Sharon Starkey said:

“This type of behaviour towards members of rail staff who are going about their daily duties is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by British Transport Police.

“Both members of staff told police they feared for their safety. Although there was no violence involved, the rail staff were shaken by the incident and shocked by the racist language one of the men used towards one of the staff who is African.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the men in the images to contact police, or for the men to come forward themselves so that we can eliminate them from our enquiries.”

Anyone with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number 307 of 31/03/2010, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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3 Comments

  1. BrownhillsBob

    3rd September, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I think British Transport Police may get a better response if they actually launched appeals for information closer to the occurance of the incident.Why has it taken six months for this to reach the media? Why is there always such a massive delay between crimes and BTP asking for witnesses?

    Best wishes

    Bob

  2. Ross

    3rd September, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Apparently they’ve already issued the CCTV but are trying again for more response.

  3. BrownhillsBob

    3rd September, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    If that’s the case, then fair enough, but I’ve seen nothing of this incident before.

    This isn’t isolated; most crime appeals from BTP are months old, just check it out next time you see one. Been puzzling me for years.

    Best wishes

    Bob