Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) have today released a photograph of a man they would like to speak to following an incident on board a train as it travelled between Northallerton and York on Saturday, 24 November at approximately 6.30pm.
Police Constable Harry Thompson, investigating officer, said:
A lady from Northallerton was travelling with her 5-year-old granddaughter on the 17.19 Sunderland to London Kings Cross service, when a heavily intoxicated man wearing a Sunderland football shirt began using abusive language. When the victim asked him to stop, he continued swearing and using unacceptable language directed at her.
After reviewing CCTV images and speaking to witnesses, police would like to speak to the man in this photograph as they believe he will have information which can assist this investigation.
PC Thompson added:
We will not tolerate abusive and offensive language being used in a pubic environment and being directed at people in this way. If you recognise the man in the photograph, or have any information about the incident, then please get in touch.
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In all calls, please quote incident reference 12/NEA of 10/12/2012.