Woman threatened and racially abused on Gatwick to Bedford train

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident
Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the incident

A man claimed he had acid as he threatened and racially abused a woman on a rail service between Gatwick Airport and Bedford, police have said.

Officers said a woman was on board a Thameslink service between the two stations when a man started to verbally abuse her at about 12.30pm.

The man threatened her with violence, claiming he had acid and implying he had a knife, and used racially offensive language, officer added.

The incident took place on September 21 and police have released details today (November 22) along with a CCTV image.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers believe the man shown in this CCTV image may have information which could help them investigate.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 1800069959.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.