‘Hibs fans’ hunted over verbal abuse of disabled man

The victim got on the train at Carntyne Station. Picture: Wikicommons
The victim got on the train at Carntyne Station. Picture: Wikicommons
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HIBS fans who verbally abused a disabled man on a train are being hunted by police.

The 51-year-old victim, who walks with the aid of two sticks, was said to have been targeted as fans travelled to the Dumbarton game on Saturday, February 27.

He boarded the Helensburgh-bound train at Carntyne station and asked fans to let him sit on a seat designated for disabled passengers.

They initially refused, and when he got off the train at Glasgow Queen Street, the group verbally abused him - making references to his disability.

Constable John Paul O’Kane, the British Transport Police officer in charge of the inquiry, is appealing for anyone with information regarding the identity of those responsible to contact him.

He said: “Hate crime in any form is totally unacceptable and there really is nothing that excuses such behaviour from the group of Hibs supporters.”

British Transport Police can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016 – quoting reference B176 of 8/3/2016. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.