PC Piotr Gass, from British Transport Police, is appealing for information after three sisters were racially abused and then threatened by a man and his dog.

The incident happened on board a train between King Norton and Redditch on Saturday 8th July. Just after midday, a man joined the train with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog and sat next to the sisters.

One of the women asked the man if he could move his dog away as she was frightened of it. At this point, the man started threatening the group, saying he would make the dog bite them.

The sisters moved away to another carriage. The man then followed the women and became violently hostile; he threatened to set his dog on them and used racially abusive language.

At Redditch station, all parties left the service. The man then waited outside the station and is thought to have been looking for the sisters.

Officers are now releasing an image of a man they wish to speak with in connection with the incident. If you know who he is then please get in touch.

PC Gass, said: “The behaviour of this man was shocking and completely unprovoked. All three sisters were terrified of this man’s actions, especially when he threated to set the dog on them.

“We will never tolerate this type of aggressive and hateful behaviour and we are working hard to trace the person responsible.

“We are now appealing for your help in identifying this man. If you know who he is then please get in touch as soon as possible. Your information could prove vitally important.”

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 272 of 08/07/2017. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.