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£1,500 fine for “hate fuelled” man who targeted woman wearing a head-scarf – Ilford

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A 31-year-old man who was racially abusive to a woman on board a train at Ilford station was this week handed a hefty fine. 

Lee Moss of Mendip Road, Havering appeared before Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 4 April where he was handed a £1,500 fine. 

The incident happened at approximately 3.15pm on Thursday 14 July last year on board a TfL Rail service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. As the service was standing at Stratford, a woman boarded the service and sat down on an available seat. Moss also joined the service at Stratford and made an inflammatory comment towards the woman, who was wearing a head scarf. 

As the train left Stratford, Moss then continued to be racially abusive towards the woman. Members of the public, who were clearly affronted by his behaviour, then contacted police. The abuse continued until the train reached Ilford, at which point Moss left the service. 

Officers then began an investigation into the circumstances of this incident. Moss was identified and was summonsed to court. He pleaded not guilty to one charge under the Crime and Disorder Act and one charge under the Public Order Act and appeared before Highbury Corner Magistrates’ court for trial on Monday 6 February. The court found him guilty.  

Investigating officer PC Stuart Morishita-Dubois, said: “Moss’s behaviour was utterly disgusting. He targeted this woman because of her ethnicity. His hate fuelled abuse was threatening and an extremely unpleasant experience for all passengers who were on board. 

“It is never OK to be targeted because of who you are or because you may be different. We will never tolerate it and we continue to urge victims and witnesses to report incidents on the railway to us. I hope this large fine sends a clear message that we will investigate crime and will always strive for the toughest of sentencings.”  
 
Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: “All our passengers have the right to travel without fear or intimidation and as this case highlights, those who commit hate crime like Moss will be caught and brought to justice. Hate crime has no place in our society and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour on our network. We are working closely with police to stamp it out.”

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