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Homophobic abuse on train between London and Birmingham

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Man sought in connection with homophobic abuse

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Officers are appealing for information after a person was a victim of a homophobic abuse on a train between London Euston and Birmingham New Street.

At around 7.20pm on Saturday 23 December, a 23-year-old person was travelling on the 7.03pm service to Wolverhampton. They went to use the toilet and, whilst waiting for it to become available, was abused by a man in the same carriage.

The man made homophobic comments towards the individual and CCTV shows the same offender putting a teenage boy in a headlock, after the latter also queued for the toilet.

The offender got off the train in Wolverhampton, but told the station manager he was travelling to Shrewsbury.

Hate crime of any description will not be tolerated on the rail network.
Do you recognise the man in this image? Officers would like to speak to him as they believe he may have information which could help the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016, with reference 495 of 23 December.

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