Man convicted of racial abusing victim at railway station


A man who pleaded guilty to racially abusing a father who was with his young daughter at Doncaster railway station has today been sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month community order at the town's Magistrates' court.

On 22 July 2015 the victim and his daughter had travelled from London by train. They arrived at the town's railway station at 8:41pm.

At the station, the victim's daughter needed to use the toilet and due to her young age, the victim accompanied her to the men's toilet and allowed her to use one of the cubicles there.

On exiting the toilets, 70-year-old Anthony Cobb from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire confronted the victim and in an aggressive tone questioned why he had taken the young child into the men's toilet.

As the victim explained why he had done this, Cobb directed foul and racially abusive words to the victim in front of his young child.

The victim later informed British Transport Police of the incident and Cobb was arrested. He pleaded guilty to two charges - the first was of using racially aggravated abusive and insulting words intending to cause harassment alarm and distress. The second was to a charge of possession of an offensive weapon in public.

Bindi Athwal, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"People from all communities have a right to be protected from the prejudice that is at the root of racist hate crime, and the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to play its part in this.

"Often victims are not aware that what they are experiencing is a crime. It is vital that people recognise that name-calling, abusive gestures, offensive graffiti and physical attacks can amount to criminal behaviour. We urge anyone who has been a victim of any form of hate crime to report it because we will robustly prosecute those who carry out such offences.

"Where we have sufficient evidence that a crime has taken place and there are elements of racial hostility, prosecutors will ask the court to find that this is an aggravating factor that should increase the sentence imposed upon the defendant."