British Transport Police is appealing for information following a violent and unprovoked racially motivated attack on a woman travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh on Thursday, August 28.
Around 11pm the 33-year-old victim, travelling on the 22.30pm Queen Street to Waverley service, was approached by a man as the train stopped at Linlithgow station. She was then slapped on the side of her head by the man who shouted racial insults at her. She did not require hospital treatment.
The suspect, who alighted from the train at Linlithgow, is described as being aged between 45 and 50 years, about six feet in height, stocky build and wearing a dark suit. CCTV footage from on board the train and stations will be reviewed in an attempt to identify him.
Detective Constable Paul Farquhar, the BTP officer in charge of the enquiry is appealing for information.
He said: “This can only be described as an incredibly cowardly attack on the woman. I know there were other passengers in the carriage who must have witnessed the assault and I am appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Anyone who was at Linlithgow station when the man got off the train and can help identify him is also asked to get in touch with BTP.”
British Transport Police can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016 quoting reference B8 of 29/08/2014. Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.