Young passenger is racially abused on train home from Tramlines festival

The man was racially abused on a busy Northern Rail service.
The man was racially abused on a busy Northern Rail service.

Two passengers racially abused a young man travelling on a train packed with people heading home from Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival.

The man was on board the 9.41pm Sheffield to Huddersfield service on Saturday, July 23, when the pair made racist gestures towards him.

It took place at around 10pm as the Northern Train service travelled between Chapeltown and Wombwell.

Investigating officer PC Ewan Brechin said: “A man and woman on the service were seen to make extremely offensive racist gestures towards a young black man travelling on the same service.

“Did you see the incident? Do you have any information about what happened?”

The man was described as 6ft and stocky, with receding short, greying, ginger hair. He was sunburnt and wearing a short sleeved shirt.

The woman was white, aged around 50, approximately 5ft 7in, with a tanned complexion and shoulder length white blonde hair. She was wearing a dress.

PC Brechin added: “Everyone has the right to use the rail network with fear of abuse, intimidation or violence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting ref 216 of 04/08/16.