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Sectarian abuse on board train from Wishaw to Uddingston - Lanarkshire

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Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an incident on board a ScotRail service between Wishaw and Uddingston this week. 

The incident happened shortly after 6.30am on Wednesday 12 July. Two men had boarded the service at Lanark station and joined the front carriage of the train. 

As the service travelled between Wishaw and Uddingston station, they began chanting abusive language of a sectarian nature. Passengers on the service were visibly upset by these men and reported it to police. 

Both men then left the service at Uddingston. 

The first man is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 6ins late teens to early twenties. He was of a thin build, had short ginger hair and had a freckly face.  He was wearing a white polo shirt, blue jeans and white Adidas trainers. 

The second man is believed to be of similar age and build. He had short light brown hair and was wearing a blue polo shirt with a dark jumper over it, blue jeans and dark trainers. Both males spoke with local accents.  

PC Martin Graham from British Transport Police, said: “This was a busy commuter service and I am conscious a number of individuals may have witnessed what happened. If you were on this train and saw these men then I would be very keen to hear from you. Likewise, if know someone that matches the descriptions of these men then please contact us. 

“Abusive and anti-social behaviour such as this will never be tolerated. We are working hard to identify the men responsible and ensure they are brought before the courts.” 

Anyone with information can get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 57 of 12/07/2017. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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