Bus passengers do nothing as woman racially abused

posted 15 Sept 2010, 04:56 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
A thug subjected a Ugandan woman and her toddler to a tirade of racist abuse on a number 29 bus - as a dozen other passengers looked the other way.

The 32-year-old victim has been left too afraid to use public transport after being targeted by the man who even threatened to attack her if he saw her again in the future.

Police are now probing the unprovoked incident and have appealed for witnesses - including around 12 passengers - to come forward.

The abuse began when the man boarded at Gilmerton Road and only ended when the woman got off the bus early in North Bridge.

Pc Janie Kay, who is investigating the crime, said: "The man in question was sat at the rear of the bus while she was at the front with her child and a buggy.

"He was boisterous and talking with his friend but soon after, he began shouting racial abuse and threatening the woman. He even threatened future violence, if he was to see her again he would be violent.

"She tried to ignore him but got off the bus early at North Bridge. She said she had never experienced such a thing in Edinburgh before and has lived here for five years."

The man is described as "stocky", white and in his 40s, he was wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans. He got off in Princes Street at around 10.30am on Wednesday, August 25.

Full story from Edinburgh Evening News