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Man sentenced for racially abusing rail staff - London

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A man has been ordered to pay more than £1,300 after being found guilty of racially abusing a member of London Underground staff.

Grant Stimpson, aged 57, of Tollington Park in London, was found guilty of racially aggravated common assault at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 14 August.

On 2 February this year, Stimpson was asked to leave Finsbury Park Underground station via the one-way system. He became abusive, poking the member of staff in the chest, swearing and using racial slurs.

At court, he was ordered to pay £750 in costs, £400 fines, £100 compensation, a victim surcharge of £40 and £100 uplift for the racial element of the crime.

PC Miguel Orjales said: “Simply put, aggression and racial abuse has no place on our transport network. If you are abusive to staff, we will proactively investigate the incident, arrest and charge you. This could lead to your conviction at court. You will face the consequences of your actions.

If anyone ever witnesses this kind of abuse, or is subject to behaviour of this nature, please remember you can always text us on 61016 and we will investigate.”

Siwan Hayward, Head of TfL Transport Policing, said: “Our staff work extremely hard assisting customers and ensuring London Underground is a safe environment for all.

“Like everyone, they have the right to go about their job without fear or intimidation. The fine Stimpson has been ordered to pay reflects the seriousness of his actions and that we do not tolerate, in any way, abuse against our staff."

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