A racist train attack left a two-year-old boy with a broken collarbone when his mother was assaulted in a racially-motivated attack at a London train station on Sunday.
The woman, who had her son in a pushchair (stroller), was assaulted at about 15:30 British Standard Time BST on Sunday after first being approached by a black man at Walthamstow Central in London.
The black victim was racially abused by the black man for having a mixed-race child, police have said. Law enforcement officials searched the area, but could not find the perpetrator.
Detective Constable Gerry Hughes, the investigating officer, relayed the following information about the racially motivated attack:
“They both boarded the 2.47pm Liverpool Street to Chingford service as the train arrived at Walthamstow Central around 3.03pm. During the journey, the man began to racially abuse the victim.
“The victim, who had her two-year-old son in a pushchair (stroller), was approached by a man at Walthamstow Central station.”
“When the train arrived at Highams Park station, the victim left the train with her pushchair. She was assaulted by the man, who pulled her hair, dragging her to the ground along with the pushchair. The man then made off from the scene.”
Det Con Hughes added, “The victim was left understandably shocked but uninjured. Her son was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured collarbone. He was later discharged from hospital. This was an unspeakable attack on a mother and son, and we are determined to find the man responsible.”
The assault comes just after an announcement that crime levels had dropped on the London train system. A joint report by the Metropolitan Police Service and the British Transport Police (BTP) said that there were 802 fewer offences between April 2012 and the end of March this year.
But while crime fell by 7.4 per cent on the capital’s bus network, the London Overground service saw an 18.3 per cent increase in reported offences. Crime was also up by 5.7 per cent on the underground (subway) but Police say overall the figures show the rate of crime is at its lowest level since recording began.
In 2009/10 the total number of recorded offences was 40,268, and it was cut to 34,126 last year, with numbers falling steadily on London’s buses, which make up the majority of instances of crime.
Detectives have since carried out enquiries into the incident, including viewing CCTV from the surrounding area, and have seized images of a man they believe has key information. The man officers want to speak to is black, wore a green and blue stripy top and a navy blue head covering.
The detective investigating the case concluded his statement with, “I’d urge anyone who has any information into the incident, or recognises the man pictured, to come forward and assist officers in this investigation. The victim was left understandably shocked but uninjured. Her son was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured collar bone. He was later discharged from hospital.”
Anyone with information can call the British Transport Police (BTP) on 0800 405040 quoting background reference B9/LNA of 24/06/2013, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. The racist train attack that left a two year-old boy with a broken collarbone has led the police to post CCTV images of the suspect on the internet.
By Michael Smith