Man punched on the face “for no reason” on London train

Do you recognise this man? (Picture: BTP)

Detectives have launched an appeal to locate a man they want to speak to about an Islamophobic attack on a London train.

On Sunday 1 May a man boarded the 10.15pm train at Paddington rail station, bound for Newbury.

The British Transport Police (BTP) says he was then the victim of an “unprovoked attack”.

A spokesperson said: “The victim was approached by a two men and a woman and they struck up a conversation. “One of the men in the group became aggressive and started making anti-Muslim remarks to the victim.

“He then punched the 34-year-old in the face before leaving the train at Southall.”

PC Rachel Parfitt, who is investigation, added: “The victim was left bruised by this disgraceful attack and it is fortunate that he was not more seriously injured.

“This was a racially motivated assault which will have appalled anyone who witnessed it and we need anyone with information to come forward.

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“Passengers have the right to expect they will be safe when they travel. We will do everything we can to find the person responsible for this assault.”

Anyone with information is should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference 178 of18/5/16.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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