Shocking moment first class train passenger SLAPS another woman after branding seated travellers ‘ableists’ in a row over disabled space – as man in wheelchair looks on uncomfortably
- Row erupted on Virgin’s Birmingham New Street to London Euston on Sunday
- Middle-aged woman ‘hit’ another woman sitting down who briefly spoke to her
- Apparently sparked after train passengers stood in wheelchair-designated area
- Uneasy-looking wheelchair user says to one female passenger who confronted the suspect: ‘I am a human being, you know’
- Police hunting suspect, who got off train at about 7pm at Milton Keynes, Bucks
- Do you know the identity of the irate woman or the passenger she ‘slapped’? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A middle-aged woman is being hunted by police after she appeared to slap another female passenger after a row in a first class train carriage.
In video footage, taken on a Virgin train on Sunday, the suspect – believed to be travelling with a disabled man in a wheelchair – can be heard calling other passengers ‘ableists’ and ‘bast**ds’.
During the heated row, the wheelchair user looks on uncomfortably with his head in his hands – and scolds one passenger who confronts the suspect, saying to her, ‘So great with your attitude. I am a human being, you know.’ He then adds, ‘Patronising.’
The middle-aged woman (standing, left, next to a wheelchair user) berates passengers sitting down on a Virgin train on Sunday – calling them ‘ableists’ and ‘bast**ds’
The irate woman appears to hit a woman, sitting down just behind the man in the wheelchair, who looks on uncomfortably
The disagreement is said to have started after train passengers stood in an area designated for wheelchairs on the packed service from Birmingham New Street to London Euston. Above, the seated woman tries to talk to the suspect, who allegedly slaps her moments later
The suspect, who is standing at the front of the carriage, with the wheelchair user to her side, can be heard saying: ‘Look at all of them. Look at all of them. Ableists and bast**ds.’
The alleged victim – a young woman sitting down just behind the man in the wheelchair – is seen talking to her.
Suddenly, the suspect lunges towards her and a loud whack can be heard as the seated woman tries to put her arm up to defend herself.
One shocked witness says: ‘Whoa, whoa.’ A third woman adds: ‘Don’t touch people.’
At this point, a man’s voice is heard, saying: ‘Right, the police are being called.’
Another says: ‘Someone call British Transport Police. The police will be waiting at the next station.’
While this is going on, the man in the wheelchair continues to fidget and occasionally scratches his neck and head.
Meanwhile, another jokingly tells the suspect: ‘Just sit down and have a cup of tea or something.’
Another woman (with dark hair, standing in front of the wheelchair user) also gets involved in the argument, telling the suspect: ‘You are touching innocent people. You’ve upset that poor girl.’ The wheelchair user then says to the dark-haired woman, ‘I am a human being, you know’
But the third female passenger then gets more involved.
‘No one is being abused’ she says ‘You need to calm down. Your friend wasn’t trying to access that spot at that time’ – in reference to the seat where the woman was allegedly hit.
She then says to the suspect: ‘Shut your f**king mouth. You touch anyone else and I swear to God I’ll lose it. You are touching innocent people. You’ve upset that poor girl.’
She then starts talking to the wheelchair user and says: ‘Get off me.’
He replies: ‘I’m trying to turn around.’ She responds: ‘You are rolling your wheelchair over my feet.’
Another passenger replies: ‘Can we all just calm down a bit.’
The third woman then tells the suspect: ‘You are a disgrace, you are a disgrace. I don’t lose it very easily, but you’ve made me lose it.’
The man in the wheelchair then says: ‘I am a human being you know.’
Another customer can be heard on his mobile reporting an ‘assault’ to the police.
All the passengers are then forced to sit or stand in awkward silence.
Stunned onlookers called the police after witnessing the ugly scenes, which occurred on the 6:10pm Virgin Train service.
The suspect got off at about 7pm at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
A Virgin Trains spokesman said: ‘We’re aware of the incident and have referred to the British Transport Police.’
A BTP spokesman said: ‘We received a report at 7pm on May 12 of an assault on a Euston-bound train.
‘A woman is reported to have attacked another woman in the first class carriage. The suspect then left the train when it arrived at Milton Keynes Central.
‘Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact BTP.’