Train commuters watched on as a man racially abused and then threatened them with violence, according to British Transport Police.Advertisement
A CCTV image of a man police would like to speak to has been released.
The incident took place on Tuesday 16 July on a train between Preston and Lancaster at around 10.40am.
PC Allan Fernie said: “The three men, who are all Asian, were travelling to Glasgow and were minding their own business when they were targeted by a fellow passenger.
“The man initially engaged the victims in conversation, but then began to racially abuse them and then threatened them – making a gesture as if to slit their throats.”
“Investigations to date have revealed the abusive man boarded the train at Preston and left the service at Lancaster.
“I have also managed to isolate the image of a man I believe has vital information in relation to the offence and am calling on the public to help identify him.
“Everyone should have the right to travel on the railway without encountering abuse, violence or hatred in any form.
“Thankfully the rail network is relatively crime free, but a minority still seem intent on causing problems for others using trains.
“BTP is determined to further drive down crime and I am convinced someone will be able to help with this investigation.”
If you know the man pictured – or have any information about the incident – please call us on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log B8/NWA of 5/9/13.