Police hunt youngsters who racially abused woman with learning difficulties at south London station

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Police are hunting a young boy and a group of girls after a woman with learning difficulties was racially abused and assaulted at a south London railway station.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was in McDonald’s in Bromley High Street when a teenage girl and a young boy on a scooter looked through the door and appeared to laugh at her.

The victim walked away and headed to Bromley North station, where she ran into the same pair as well as group of three girls.

They all followed the woman to the furthest end of the platform, where they proceeded to verbally abuse her using racist language.

The girl who was with the young boy then poured drink all over the victim, before all five left the station.

British Transport Police want to speak to any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident, which took place at around 7.20pm on Wednesday 31 May.

Investigating officer, Det Con Vanessa Cadrecha, said: “This woman was verbally abused with racist language and then physically assaulted in a completely unprovoked attack. At BTP we do not tolerate hate crime or any level of violence, and everyone should be free to use the railway network without fear of intimidation or abuse.”

Police said the girl who poured the drink on the victim is white, around 16-years-old, with long dark hair and a medium build. She was wearing a pink short-sleeved top, grey or light brown tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe on each side and trainers.

The boy is white, around 10 or 12 years old, with short brown hair. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt with the logo HYPE in white writing on the front, dark trousers and a dark backpack. He was riding a white scooter.

All three girls who joined at the station were mixed race and aged between 16 and 19 years old.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about what happened is asked to contact Det Con Vanessa Cadrecha by calling BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text information to 61016, quoting reference number 312 13/07/17.

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