Police appeal after teen’s homophobic abuse ordeal on Clitheroe train

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AN appeal has been launched after a teenager was subjected to homophobic abuse on a train between Clitheroe and Blackburn.

British Transport Police officers are calling on the public to help find the youth who hurled abuse at a 17-year-old at 4-40 p.m. on December 8th as the victim was travelling home.

As the teenager, from Blackburn, boarded the train he was subjected to a barrage of abuse from another passenger who called him a homophobic name and threatened violence.

PC Chris Haughton said: “The victim was simply trying to use the train to make his way home and was targeted by the youth for no known reason.

“No-one should have to suffer any form of abuse or violence when on the rail network and we will do everything possible to locate the offender and bring him to justice.

“But I need help from the public. If you witnessed the incident – or have any information – please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.”

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log B10 of 19/12/11.