EDL supporters’ racist tirade on Halifax train

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A GANG of hooligans who chanted racist abuse on a train are being hunted by British Transport Police.

The group of around 50 men boarded the 11.08am Leeds to Manchester Victoria service at Halifax on Saturday March 5.

They are believed to have been making their way to an English Defence League rally in Rochdale.

Detective Constable Jason Ridgway, of BTP, said: “The group’s behaviour included chanting racist and inappropriate remarks and aggressively punching and banging on the train’s interior, causing unnecessary fear for passengers and staff on board the train.

“The behaviour of these men was outrageous and has no place on the railway – or in the wider community – especially at a time when families are travelling between cities.

He added: “Racism and Islamophobia in our community and on the rail network is totally unacceptable.

“Everyone has the right to travel without fear of abuse or threatening behaviour, and when that behaviour is further exacerbated by racist undertones, our stance becomes firmer.

“BTP and the wider rail industry will not tolerate any form of racism on the rail network and we will do everything in our power to take action against those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 0800 405040 quoting reference B12/NWA, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.