Appeal for witnesses

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OFFICERS from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after a man was racially abused on a train travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh last night, Thursday, May 23.

Police are encouraging other passengers that may have witnessed the incident to come forward as they may have information that will help the investigation.

Detective Constable Jim Duncan of BTP, investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 19-year-old man from Glasgow, of African descent, was on the 11.20pm Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley service when the incident took place.

“Between 11.30pm and 11.40pm, he was approached by a white man who began to swear at him and use racially-abusive language, which the victim found very intimidating.”

The victim left the train at Croy station at 11.40pm, while the suspect is believed to have remained on the train until Polmont.

DC Duncan continued: “The victim was understandably very shaken by his experience, and we’re determined to find the person responsible.

“Officers are now interviewing witnesses and studying CCTV from the stations the train travelled between to identify him.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information about what took place, is asked to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”

The suspect is described as aged in his 30s, about 5’9” tall, of slim build, with a shaved head, and was wearing a black jacket zipped up to his chin and jeans.

After leaving Glasgow Queen Street, the train called at Croy, Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow, Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In all cases, quote reference B13/SCA of 24/05/13.