Man banned from trains after racially abusing family on platform

Shane Overton

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A RACIST who bullied a family on a railway platform in South Yorkshire has become only the second person in Britain to be made the subject of a Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order through his membership of the English Defence League.

Shane Paul Overton, a member of the English Defence League described as Islamophobic by police, has also been banned from attending any EDL rallies or public meetings anywhere in the country after he admitted a racially aggravated public order offence.

Judge Jacqueline Davies, sitting at Doncaster Crown Court, told Overton he had shown a patent contempt for those of a different racial background to his own throughout his adult life.

Overton, aged 38, was returning from an EDL rally in Newcastle and waiting at Doncaster station for a connecting train to Lincoln when he came across an Asian mother and father and their two children on the platform.

Prosecutor Richard Sheldon said he took exception to them speaking in Urdu and used racist abuse and told them to ‘get out of our country’. The children clung to their parents in fear.

His 33 previous convictions included other racially aggravated offending linked to his association with the EDL.

Overton, unemployed, of Parker Avenue, Lincoln, was fined £200 for the offence and ordered to pay the family £250 compensation.

Chief Insp Tom Naughton of the railway police said: “Racist abuse of any sort is unacceptable but the nature of Overton’s insults, levelled at a family minding their own business on the platform, was despicable.”

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