Woman and child racially abused on train between Leeds and Bradford
British Transport Police (BTP) officers are asking for the public’s help to identify a number of men after a mother and her four-year-old child were the target of abusive and racist language on a train between Leeds and Bradford.
The incident took place on 25 April shortly after 2pm on a Northern Rail service between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square.
A woman boarded the 2.10pm service at Leeds, sitting in a centre carriage with her son.
Soon after, a group of men entered the same carriage and immediately began using foul language, singing, and chanting football songs.
They then repeatedly used racist language, some of which was directed at the young boy and ignored the mother’s requests to stop.
When she stood up to leave the train at Shipley, she again challenged the group’s behaviour, only to become the target for more abuse.
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Officers have isolated a number of CCTV images of men they wish to speak to as they are believed to have information about what happened.
PC Craig Virco, leading the investigation, said: “As is understandable, the mother left the train hugely upset, shocked and disgusted at the vile abuse directed and her very young son, and promptly contacted police.
“Now we are calling on member of the public to help. Do you recognise any of the men pictured? Were you on the train in question? If so, we want to hear from you.”
UPDATE (20.05.15) The appeal has been cancelled and all people in the images have been identified. The YS has removed the CCTV appeal image upon request.