Police investigate racial attack on train

British Transport Police were called to the incident
British Transport Police were called to the incident

A man who abused a mixed-race family on a train travelling between Dundee and Arbroath at the weekend is being sought by officers.

Shortly after 6pm on Saturday, February 20, 2016, the man, in his late 50s, about 5’5” in height and wearing a brown jacket, shouted racially offensive comments at a 29-year-old man and his 43-year-old wife.

The couple were travelling on the 17.40 Dundee to Aberdeen service with their daughters aged 11 years and six months.

The suspect alighted from the train at Montrose station and the couple were left shaken and extremely upset by the incident.

CCTV from the train and stations will be reviewed in an attempt to identify the man responsible.

Meanwhile, Detective Constable Derek Alexander, the BTP officer in charge of the enquiry is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

He said: “This was a completely unprovoked incident which has really affected the family and I am anxious to trace anyone who has information which can assist our enquiries and urge them to get in touch.”

British Transport Police can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016 – quoting reference B1 of 23/02/2016. Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.