January 11, 2016
Police appeal after 'racist incident' at Highbridge Railway Station

Police are asking for a man to come forward who may have been subjected to racist abuse and assaulted at Highbridge Railway Station.

Witness and CCTV enquiries suggest there was an altercation between two men onboard a train between Bristol and Taunton at around 8.30pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2015.

The dispute continued when the two men got off the train and it is alleged when they got onto the footbridge of the station one of them was assaulted and racially abused.

The incident was reported to police a short time later by a third party, but the person identified as being the victim had left the station before his details could be taken. He is described as an Asian man in his 20s, wearing a black jacket and black trousers.

The man who is believed to have assaulted him is described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, with fair hair, wearing a light-coloured coat and blue tracksuit bottoms.

Sergeant Matt Popple from British Transport Police told "We take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously and victims should know they can come to us in confidence, where they will be taken seriously and treated with respect by our officers."

"I would encourage the Asian man - who we have been told was subjected to the abuse - to make contact so we can understand exactly what happened and whether any further action needs to be taken."

"We know there were other people in the carriage when the initial altercation took place and I would urge anyone who witnessed it to also contact us as you may have information which could be important to our investigation."

Anyone with information about the incident can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text the force on 61016 quoting reference GB/084005/15. Alternatively, details can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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