Witness appeal after woman racially abused and threatened on train between Sheffield and Rotherham

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A woman was subjected to a barrage of racist abuse and was threatened with violence on board a train between Sheffield and Rotherham.

British Transport Police are appealing for help to identify the man responsible following the incident at about 9.15pm on Saturday, April 18.

Investigating officer PC Emma Willamson said the woman, who boarded the train at Sheffield, has been left scared for her safety following the ‘frightening hate crime’.

She said: “She had simply taken her seat on the train and was then subjected to vile racist abuse from a man, who was accompanied by a woman, who took a table seat, three seats in front of her.

“He continued to insult and goad her, at one stage making threats of violence.

“When the victim left the train at Rotherham, at around 9.25pm, the man and the woman, who made no abusive comments herself, also left the train and got into a cab at the front entrance to the station.”

The man is described as white, approximately 50 years old, around 6ft tall of a bulky build with short grey/silver hair.

He was wearing grey shiny trousers and a grey long sleeved shirt.

PC Williamson added: “Nobody should have to put up with racist abuse, and we work hard to eradicate hate crime from the rail network.

“It will simply not be tolerated.

“We need to speak to anyone who saw what happened. Please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B7 of April 24, 2105.

Information can also be passed anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.