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Woman ‘brutally punched’ during racist attack on Overground train to Canonbury

PUBLISHED: 12:54 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:27 25 October 2018

An Overground train at Canonbury station. Picture: Matt Buck/Flickr/Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 2.0

An Overground train at Canonbury station. Picture: Matt Buck/Flickr/Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Matt Buck/Flickr/Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 2.0

A woman was “brutally punched in the face” during a racist attack on a rush-hour Overground train to Canonbury.

The assault took place on a packed carriage between Dalston Kingsland and Canonbury Station at about 6.40pm on Tuesday.

A 56-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated ABH, British Transport Police said.

Andreas, who witnessed the assault but didn’t want to give his surname, said: “A woman who was speaking Spanish on the phone got racially assaulted by a man on a full Overground train where people were standing close together.

“He shouted at her: ‘Get out of my country – speak English’.

“Then the woman told him off and the man brutally punched her in the face.

“The woman was bleeding and I gave her some tissues.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 495 of 23/10/18.

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