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Man arrested for ripping off woman’s hijab

26th Apr 2019

Nadine Osman

A man has been arrested after a woman’s hijab was ripped off while she waited for a London Tube train. A friend of the victim tweeted an image of a man she claimed attacked her on a platform at the Turnpike Lane Piccadilly line station in north London.

She claimed the man pulled off her scarf while they waited for a train at 10.45 am on April 1.
British Transport Police said a 51-year-old man from Wembley, North West London, was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault on April 2.

A spokesperson said: “A 51-year-old man from Wembley was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault. He has been taken to police custody as enquiries continue.”
According to her friend, the victim pressed the emergency button on the underground station platform three times, but no-one came to help her.

She also claimed other travellers on the platform who saw the attack unfold did nothing to intervene.

Brian Woodhead, Director of Customer Service for London Underground, said: “This sounds like a dreadful incident. We never tolerate hostile and violent behaviour on our network.

“All of our customers have the right to travel without fear of verbal or physical abuse. We are doing everything we can to support the British Transport Police’s investigation.”

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