Police reissue appeal after woman's track protest

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Lisa Robinson
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Lisa Robinson stepped on the tracks to stop the train at Ystrad Mynach

Police investigating an incident where a Valleys woman stood on the tracks to halt a train have re-issued an appeal for witnesses.

Lisa Robinson, 41, claims she was verbally abused by Cardiff City fans while travelling with her husband and son.

She stepped on to the tracks at Ystrad Mynach until police arrived.

Police issued CCTV images of men they wanted to question and have now urged any other witnesses to come forward.

They are particularly keen to trace a woman who was sitting near Ms Robinson.

The Bluebirds fans were travelling home on 25 September after a home win over Millwall when the incident happened.

Mrs Robinson, a civil servant, was returning home at the time with husband Peter, 61, and five-year-old son Harry, after celebrating Harry's birthday in Cardiff.

She told British Transport Police (BTP) how City fans began verbally abusing her after she asked them to stop shouting sexist chants at a woman on the platform at Lisvane railway station.

She said she halted the train at Ystrad Mynach after her complaints to the driver went unheeded.

On 7 October, BTP released images of 10 people they were keen to speak to about the incident.

All of those pictured have now been identified and officers are speaking to each of them in an attempt to build a full picture of what happened on the train.

Independent witnesses

A BTP spokesman said they also want to speak to other passengers who were on the train and have not yet come forward.

Detective Inspector Mark Cleland, one of the investigating officers, said: "We are keen to speak to any independent witnesses who we hope can help us to establish exactly what took place.

"I'd particularly like to hear from a woman who was aged between 35 and 45 and was sitting near to the woman who confronted the fans.

"We believe she will have information which can assist our investigation.

"She is of average height and build and had shoulder-length, dark-coloured hair which was cut in a bob style."

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident number B10 of 07/10/2010, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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