Police appeal after anti-Semitic chants on train

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Police are appealing for passengers who witnessed football fans chanting anti-Semitic songs on a train travelling between Birmingham and Leeds to come forward.

The incident happened on board the 6.02pm Birmingham New Street to Leeds service on Saturday April 26.

Investigating officer, PC Gareth Swiffen said: “On the day in question Leeds United football fans were returning to Leeds after playing Birmingham City at St Andrews stadium in Birmingham.

“Large numbers of fans travelled on the service to Leeds which called at Tamworth, Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Wakefield Westgate on the way.

“Upon arrival at Leeds a number of passengers on the service made complaints to rail staff with regards to some of the fans engaging in anti-social behaviour on the train and chanting anti-Semitic songs.”

He said: “As you can understand, this was an intimidating and upsetting experience for people on board the train who were extremely offended by some of the fan’s actions. BTP takes incidents such as this very seriously, it is completely unacceptable and we will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice. I’d urge anyone who was travelling on the service who may be able to assist with our enquiries to please come forward and contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or text 61016, quoting background PSUB/B9 of 12/05/14.

Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.