Police Appeal After Racist Attack On London Overground

Girl Hijab

A young woman wearing a hijab was subject to abuse and threats of violence on an Overground train earlier this month.

The incident happened on Monday, 3rd October around 8:45pm on a train from Stratford to Highbury & Islington.

The victim, a 25-year-old Asian woman wearing a hijab, got on the train at Stratford and took a seat. Shortly after a man described as black with short dreadlocks and wearing a dark top and large headphones sat next to her. The man started making offensive comments and when another passenger intervened to help her the suspect threatened to hit the woman.

PC Roy Ward of the British Transport Police said: “We do not tolerate any sort of hate crime, this was a very intimidating experience for the victim leaving her shaken. Other passengers in the carriage saw this incident and we appeal for them to come forward. I am especially keen to speak to the man who intervened and tried to help the young woman.”

If you have any information you can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016 quoting reference 178 of 4/10. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.