Police hunt man after rail staff racially abused

An e-fit of a man police want to speak to after a member of rail staff was racially abused and threatened.
An e-fit of a man police want to speak to after a member of rail staff was racially abused and threatened.

This is an e-fit of a man police want to speak to after a member of rail staff was racially abused and threatened in Burnley.

British Transport Police officers in Lancashire have issued a new appeal for information following the incident on Thursday, July 24th, on board the 7-23am Colne to Blackpool South service as it travelled between Burnley Central and Burnley Rose Grove.

PC Chris Haughton said: “A man boarded the train at Burnley Central and became verbally abusive when the train guard, a 47-year-old Asian man from Blackpool, asked to see his ticket.

“During this abuse the man also threatened the guard, telling him he would knock him out.”

Following the incident the offender left the train at Rose Grove.

PC Haughton added: “The train guard was simply trying to do his job and certainly should not have been subjected to any form of abuse or threats of violence.

“Crime on the rail network, particularly violence, is rare and BTP is committed to further reducing crime and protecting rail staff who provide a public service.”

The man is described as being white, in his 60s, about 5ft. 8in. tall, of skinny build with untidy hair and unkempt facial hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing a long sleeved grey, checked, knitted jumper with a collar and dirty, scruffy jeans.

Anybody with information can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting log PSUB/B10 of 14/10/14.