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Man fined after racially abusing family at Preston station - Lancashire

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A man has been fined £1,000 for racially abusing a family at Preston railway station.
 
At around 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, a couple and their young daughter were sitting on a bench at the station when they were approached by Keith Harrison.
 
The 50-year-old, of Park Road in Wigan, told them to get off the bench as it was “only for English people”. When they said they were English, he racially abused them and tried to make them move from the bench.
 
The family told nearby rail staff what was happening and Harrison was arrested by BTP officers at the station.
 
Harrison denied the offence at court but was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment on 8 December by Chorley Magistrates. He was fined a total of £1,033.
 
PC Gavin Daw, said: “This is an example of the intolerant and unacceptable behaviour that we sadly still sometimes see in our society today, but a great example to show how the justice system will support victims of hate crime and deal with offenders.
 
“There is no place for this sort of behaviour on the railway network and British Transport Police will work tirelessly to ensure that we play our part in protecting all of our passengers and service users, whatever their ethnicity, nationality or religion.”
 

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