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Man sentenced for racially aggravated public order offences - Shrewsbury

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A man has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for racially aggravated public order offences against two women on a train to Shrewsbury.

Stephen Short, aged 27, of Capstone Avenue, Wolverhampton, was found guilty at Telford Magistrates’ Court on 10 February of two counts of racially aggravated Section 4A public order – intentional harassment.  

He was sentenced at the same court to six weeks in prison for each offence, to run consecutively.

On 21 January last year, Short was on a train travelling from Aberstwyth to Shrewsbury.

He was intoxicated and became involved in an argument with two women.

During the altercation, which was initiated by Short, he made racist comments towards the women and mocked a fellow passenger’s epilepsy.

He was extremely aggressive and frightened the first victim, who left the train at Caersws and was met by a family member. She was crying and was very upset, and reported the incident to British Transport Police.

The second victim, a 20-year-old woman, was also upset by Short’s comments and by his actions which involved punching his hand into his fist and threatening to “put her in a wheelchair”.

Investigating officer,  PC David Hall, said: “Short’s behaviour was aggressive, unprovoked and racist. The passengers on board the train were trying to make their journeys in peace and should not have had to experience Short’s vile, abusive drivel. Despite the length of time it has taken for this case to go through court, I am satisfied with the outcome and that Short will be spending three months behind bars where perhaps he can reflect on his actions.

“As this case shows, at British Transport Police we take all incidents of this nature seriously and would encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses such behaviour to text us on 61016 or call us on 0800 40 50 40.”

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