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Police hunt anti-gay train fare dodger

British Transport Police are hunting for a boy who when asked to write down his details decided to write a homophobic slur on a ticket

Police hunt anti-gay train fare dodger

British Transport Police are appealing for help in identifying a young male after a train manager was the victim of homophobic abuse.

On 2 March, the train manager of the 8pm (BST) service from Swindon to Cheltenham was subject to the abuse after finding a group of three ticketless young people aboard his train.

After complications with the third youth’s ticket, he was asked by the manager to write down his details so he could be contacted by the train company at a later date.

But instead of complying with the train manager, the boy wrote down a cruel homophobic comment and got off the train at Kemble station having not paid his fare.

An image has been released of the teen the police wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Speaking to the Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Standard, Frank Hedley of the British Transport Police said: ‘Abuse of any nature, including homophobic, towards members of rail staff is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the BTP.

‘Enquiries are ongoing to trace the youth involved.’

Anyone who can identify the youth in the photo, or his current whereabouts, should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please reference B7/WWA of 17/04/2013.

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