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Police ask for information about incident in Erdington where staff were threatened with violence

 

Police keen to talk to passengers after hate crime on Erdington train

Police are appealing for help in identifying two men they would like to speak to in connection with a hate crime incident at Erdington railway station in Birmingham.

British Transport Police have released CCTV images of the two men they believe can help with their enquiries into incident.

CCTV images of two men at Erdington railway station police would like to question.

The incident happened at 2.30pm on Wednesday, March 31, when two men, who were travelling together without any tickets or travel documents, were approached by members of rail staff on the 1.33pm Longbridge-Lichfield City service between Aston and Erdington stations.

The members of rail staff were then threatened with violence by the two men, one of whom also racially abused one of the members of staff, when the men left the train at Erdington.

PC Sheryl Jelfs-Wheatley said: “Behaviour such as this towards members of rail staff is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by British Transport Police.

“Both members of staff told police they feared for their safety. Although no violence occurred, the rail staff were shaken by the incident and shocked by the racist language one of the men used towards one of the staff, who is African.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the men in the images to contact police, or for the men to come forward themselves so that we can eliminate them from our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number 307 of 31/03/2010, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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