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Man sentenced for racist abuse on tube train

06/12/2013

Keith Hurdle, 52, was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment today (Friday 6 December) at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for racially abusing two passengers on a Bakerloo Line London Underground train on 18 September 2013.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor and national hate crime champion, said: "These two passengers were going about their daily lives when they were racially abused by Keith Hurdle on a London Underground train.

"They suffered a vicious verbal assault based solely on their ethnicity and the male victim was threatened with violence.

"Footage of this racial abuse was posted on the internet and members of the public have expressed their outrage towards Hurdle's actions.

"I hope that this prosecution will serve as a warning that such behaviour will not be tolerated in our city.

"Those who live and visit London should be able to use the transport networks without the fear of such abhorrent abuse.

"CPS London is committed to working with its police partners to tackle this type of behaviour."

Background

Keith Hurdle pleaded guilty on 15 November 2013 at Westminster Magistrates' Court to:

  • one count of racially aggravated fear of violence contrary to section 4 of Public Order Act
  • one count of racially aggravated use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress contrary to section 4A of the Public Order Act.

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