London: Couple receive anti-gay abuse from man on train

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Police have released CCTV image of a man they are looking to trace in connection with a homophobic incident on board a train in London.

The incident happened on Wednesday 2 October as a couple were waiting at Stratford station in east London.

They suddenly noticed a man begin to stare at them – and then received homophobic abuse.

PC Charley Sutherland-Walker from the British Transport Police (BTP) said: “They boarded a Shenfield-bound train around 7.10pm along with the man who started a brief conversation with the pair.

“He then started to make homophobic comments towards the two in an aggressive and threatening manner, which made them both fear for their own safety. He left the train as it arrived into Maryland station and the pair continued onto Forest Gate station.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

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