1. ITV Report

Man jailed over racist, violent tirade when asked to make room for disabled passenger

A man who directed racist abuse at two carers when asked to move from the disabled area of a train has been jailed.

Alex Steventon was on board a train at Preston when he was asked to make room for a severely disabled person and their two carers. A court heard he then unleashed "a tirade of foul mouthed abuse" - becoming increasingly aggressive and using racist language.

Police said Steventon's disregard for his victims and the law was Credit: BTP

The court was also told that when a train manager approached Steventon "threatened to smash his face in and put him through the window".

When British Transport Police attempted to speak with him about the incident, the 39 year old became violent, punching an officer to the ground and kicking him in the head.

These were appalling and completely out of control acts of aggression and Steventon’s substantial sentence reflects this. The incident that took place on the train was terrifying for the victims and other passengers.

Steventon’s complete disregard for his victims and the law, demonstrated by the violence he displayed when officers attempted to arrest him, is contemptible.

– Sergeant Garry Ashbridge, BTP

The 39 year old pleaded guilty to eight counts. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail and ordered to pay a £149 victim surcharge.