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Disabled man verbally abused on train from Nottingham to Liverpool

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We’re appealing for information after a disabled man was verbally abused on a train from Nottingham to Liverpool Lime Street.

Between 4.37pm and 5.26pm on Thursday 6 July, the victim – a 26-year-old man – was travelling on the train between Sheffield and Stockport when a fellow passenger started to shout at him.

He made fun of the victim, tried to pull his earphones out and then made punching sounds with his hand, saying he hoped he was getting off at the next station.

The victim is a disabled man who suffers with fibromyalgia and autism. At the time of the offence, he was carrying a pink teddy bear, was wearing a blonde wig and had a big suitcase with him.

The incident left him very scared that he was going to be attacked and he contacted police, so was met by officers when the train arrived at Manchester. The offender got off the train in Stockport.

The offender was white and around 6ft 2ins. He was wearing dark clothing, a baseball cap and was holding a can of beer.

Investigating officer PC James Cullinan said: “Someone being targeted because of who they are is utterly wrong and no one has the right to make another person feel scared and panicked for their own safety.

“We believe there would have been a number of people in the carriage at this time and a lot of people who may have seen what happened. If you were one of those people, please do get in touch as soon as you can and help us catch this offender.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 210 of 25 July.

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