Police investigate two reports of racism on trains in Newham
PUBLISHED: 17:19 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:27 13 February 2015
Police are appealing for information following reports of racism in two separate incidents in the borough.
The British Transport Police are currently investigating a video which appears to show a woman making a racist remark against a black passenger on the Jubilee Line in Stratford.
In the short clip, the woman appears to be saying: “You have a problem because you guys used to be slaves, yeah.”
The clip shows an altercation between the passenger and the woman, who can then be heard saying, “I have black friends, I’m not racist.”
A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “We have been made aware of a video posted online which appears to show an altercation on board a London Underground Jubilee line train.
“It is not clear when the video was recorded.
“Officers are currently analysing the video and are appealing for the person who recorded it to come forward.”
In a similar incident, officers are also investigating a report of racial abuse on board a train between West Ham and Ockendon in Essex.
The incident took place on 6 February, shortly after 4.30pm when it is believed either two or three white men aged between 25-35 years old boarded the train from West Ham.
Investigating officer PC Rachel Saunders said: “I am keen to speak to people who were on board this service and witnessed the incident.”
Anyone with information on either of the incidents is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016.
For the incident in West Ham quote reference ESUB/B9 of 13/02/15 and reference T/B11 of 12/02/2015 for the incident in Stratford.
Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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