Man sought for racist abuse in east London

By Rob Virtue on May 21, 2012 11:02 AM |


A security guard was forced to lock himself inside a shop after suffering a tirade of racist abuse.

Photos have been released of the suspect by British Transport Police. The man struck last month at Boxpark, a pop-up mall next to Shoreditch Overground station.

The 34-year-old security guard was standing outside a shop as staff were leaving for the day when the man approached.

He asked to use a toilet in the store but the guard said there wasn't one and directed him to a nearby public toilet.


The man then subjected the guard to racist abuse and intimidating behaviour causing him to lock himself in the shop until he left along Bethnal Green Road.

Sergeant Emma Weir, investigating officer, said: "This was a frightening experience for the guard who was faced with threatening behaviour and vile racial abuse.

"This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated by British Transport Police and I'd urge anyone who may recognise the man pictured to come forward and help officers in this investigation."

The incident took place on the evening of Tuesday, April 10.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting B7/LNA of 17/05/2012. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.