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Appeal over racist stickers found on trains

British Transport Police has released this CCTV image after the incident Credit: British Transport Police

Police want to identify a man seen after a series of racist stickers were placed on trains in Southend.

A CCTV image of a man has been released following the discovery last month, and officers urge anyone who recognises him to get in contact.

PC Maria Wheele said: "Rail staff cleaning trains the week of Sunday, 18th January found stickers carrying offensive messages. Passengers travelling between Essex and London that week might have seen something.

"If anyone recognises the man in the CCTV image, please contact us."

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Police 'knew about teacher allegations nine months ago'

Police were told about allegations against a deputy headteacher nine months before they first spoke to him, the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner has claimed.

Martin Goldberg, a Maths teacher at Thorpe Hill school in Southend, was found dead at his home on September 10 - just a day after police spoke to him about claims he bought images of naked teenage boys over the internet.

Police subsequently found nearly 600 indecent images of pupils on his computer, with many showing children as young as nine undressing in changing rooms.

Nick Alston said his initial judgement was that something had gone "badly wrong", adding that aspects of the case had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

"I understand the original information from police in Toronto suggesting that Goldberg had purchased videos of naked boys several years ago was received by Essex Police in late November 2013," Alston said.

"The Police Online Investigation Team first visited Goldberg on September 9, 2014. It is important that we understand why it took nine months for the force to act on this information. There may be valid reasons but we deserve an explanation."

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