Racial Attack in Cosham

At some time between 10pm and 10.30pm on Friday, March 5 an Asian man was walking to Cosham Railway Station via the High Street, Cosham.

While he was walking he was followed by a group of five youths, four were male and one was female. The victim was aware of the group and quickly walked to the train station.

He arrived at the train station at around 10.07pm where a group, which are believed to be the same as the group who followed him, jumped on and off a bench that he was sat on, whilst calling him racist names. The abuse continued so the victim walked to the end of the station in order to board the inbound train to Portsmouth.

The group were walking beside and behind him and tried to trip him up. Two of the males from the group also tried to edge him towards the edge of the platform.

The group police want to speak to are described as:

  • Four white males
  • One white female
  • Aged between 15 and 17
  • One of the males was dressed in a light blue tracksuit
  • The female had long brown/blonde hair which was tied back

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PC Andrew Montague, said: “No physcial assault occurred but the vicitm felt that the group were trying to force him to the edge of the platform. The vicitm did not react in any physcial way, and walked determindely onto the train. The carriage was occupied by a guard and the group did not pursue him any further. This sort of behaviouir is totally unacceptable and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to come forward and speak to us. Were you on the railway station platform at Cosham Railway Station between 10.15pm and 10.30pm last Friday? Did you see the victim being pursed by the group on his way to the station? I would ask anyone with any information to come forwad and speak to us.”

Anyone with any information relevant to this incident should contact PC Montague at Cosham police station by calling 101, or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Callers from outside Hampshire and the Isle of White should call 0845 045 45 45.