PC Karl Laban from British Transport Police, has release an image of a man he would like to speak to after someone spat at a woman who was challenging a group of men for racial abuse.

At around 8.50PM on Saturday 4th February, a group of men were travelling on the 8.03PM Leeds to Birmingham service through Derby.

While on board the train the men chanted offensive racist remarks towards a group of female passengers.

A fellow passenger challenged the behaviour of the men, who became abusive towards her. One of them then assaulted her by spitting in her face.

The spit landed on her face and in her mouth and the offender then ran off.

Investigating officer, PC Karl Laban, said: “This is an absolutely disgusting assault against a member of public who was challenging the unacceptable racist and anti-social behaviour of a group of men.

The men were intimidating a group of women on the train with racist language and abuse and the courageous woman who rightly stood up for group was then herself assaulted.

I would like to speak to the man shown in the CCTV image as he may have information which could help with our investigation.

I would also like to speak to anyone who was on board the service who saw or heard what happened. It is likely there were many passengers on board the busy train or witnessed the incident.”

If you have any information about this incident or recognise the man shown in the CCTV image, please contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text information to 61016, quoting reference number 168 10/02/17.