British Transport Police has released a CCTV image of a man officers want to speak to after a woman was abused whilst travelling on a train between Outwood and Leeds.
Officers are also asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
The incident happened between 6.25am and 6.35am on Wednesday, 12 February, as the train approached Leeds station.
PC Chris McGlynn, investigating for BTP said: “A 43-year old woman from Wakefield was travelling on the service when a man took objection to the amount of space she was taking up on the seat.
“Not wanting to get into a confrontation the woman ignored the man. He then knocked her hat off and verbally abused her. When the train arrived at York he refused to let the woman off and kept her on the train until it was empty, despite numerous pleas from her to move.
“The man eventually let her off the train but then continued to abuse and swear at her as she walked along the platform.”
Following a number of enquiries, officers have managed to isolate a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to.
PC McGlynn added: “This must have been a scary and frightening experience for the victim. If anyone witnessed the incident or recognises the man pictured please come forward.”
If you can assist the investigation please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log NEA/B5 of 10/03/14.