Published On: Tue, Jun 30th, 2015 on 1:31 pm

Rail staff ‘simply doing his job’ racially abused in Keighley

A member of staff was racially abused at Keighley railway station, simply after he asked someone to show him his ticket.

Keighley Rail Station

Keighley Rail Station.

The incident took place on 12 June at around 4.55pm when a young male approached the ticket barriers and was asked by a member of station staff to show his ticket.

He then became extremely offensive and hurled racial abuse at him before walking off back into the station.

The youth left a train from Skipton and went to exit the station.

British Transport Police (BTP) are now appealing for the public’s help to identify the youth pictured who they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

PC Sian Adams, leading the investigation, said: “The man abused was simply doing his job and shouldn’t have to be verbally abused or threatened in this way, it’s not acceptable. The racist language used during this attack makes it even more deplorable and we will not tolerate it on the rail network.

“If you recognise the man pictured or know his current whereabouts please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B8 of 29/06/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE: A 17-year-old male handed himself into police following the appeal on 29 June.

He has been interviewed and reported for Racially Aggravated Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

PC Sian Adams said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who came forward with valuable information. I would also like to thank the local media for publicising this appeal.”

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