British Transport Police are appealing for information after two Asian men were subjected to a racially aggravated assault at Flint railway station.
The incident left both victims in distress and fearing for their safety.
PC Harry Thompson said: “Two friends were waiting at the station to catch the Chester train when they were approached by a group of three men.
“They started asking about their religious beliefs before the conversation turned aggressive, resulting in both men being threatened and later assaulted.
“This was a prolonged and incredibly intimidating incident, lasting almost 20 minutes, which left both victims severely shaken; indeed, one of them is so traumatised they’ve been too scared to make a statement about what happened.
“Fortunately, this type of incident is rare on the rail network, but this is a very serious offence and it is vital that we trace the people responsible.”
Following the incident, which took place around 9.50pm on Saturday, 2 January, our officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, leading to the release of CCTV images of two men we believe may be able to help with our investigation.
Both are described as white and were wearing army-style jackets. One of the men had blonde hair which was shaved on the back and sides, while the other had dark brown hair which was also shaved on the back and sides.
PC Thompson added: “We would like to speak to these people as a matter of urgency as I believe they may both be in a position to assist us with our ongoing enquiries.
“We take all reports of hate crimes extremely seriously and victims should know they can come to us in complete confidence, safe in the knowledge they will be taken seriously and treated with respect.”
Do you recognise the men pictured? Do you know their current whereabouts?
If you know either of the men, or have any information about the incident, please give us a call on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting log reference 172 of 03/02/2016. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.