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Manhunt after Underground worker is racially abused for asking customer to wear mask

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
British Transport Police are searching for a man after an Underground worker was racially abused. (British Transport Police)
British Transport Police are searching for a man after an Underground worker was racially abused. (British Transport Police)

British Transport Police (BTP) are searching for a man after an Underground worker was racially abused when she asked a customer to put a mask on.

CCTV footage taken just before 6pm on 13 October at Morden Underground station, south London, shows a man approach a female staff member to ask for help with his Oyster card.

The worker noticed the customer was not wearing a face mask and asked him to put one on before she assisted him.

A man wearing a face mask, seen in reflection, waits for a Jubilee line service at London Bridge Station on the London Underground network in London, England, on October 15, 2020. London is to be placed under 'Tier 2' coronavirus lockdown measures from midnight on Friday, meaning 'high' alert for covid-19. Most notably the change will introduce a ban on people from different households from mixing anywhere indoors, prompting particular concern within the already badly-affected hospitality industry. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face mask behind a sign advising customers to wear face coverings on public transport. (Getty)

However, BTP say the man refused to put on a face covering and began shouting at the staff member before entering a shop at the station.

After emerging from the shop, the man approached the worker again and racially abused her, BTP said.

He left the station following the incident but reportedly returned the next day to take a photo of the member of staff before exiting.

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Officers have released a CCTV image of a man who may have information which could assist their investigation.

It is mandatory for customers on public transport to wear face masks under current coronavirus regulations. First-time offenders face a fine of up to £200 but fines are doubled at each offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

Commuters queue for a bus outside Morden station, as a 24 hour strike by thousands of workers on London Underground brought travel chaos to the capital. Many Tube lines were at a complete standstill in the normally bustling morning rush-hour, forcing thousands of people to drive or even walk to work.
The incident took place at Morden Underground station in south London. (PA)

Exemptions to the rule is made for people with valid medical reasons.

BTP have urged anyone who recognises the man in the photo to text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 369 of 13/10/20.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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