A two-year-old boy was left with a broken collarbone when his mum was attacked at a train station in a racially motivated attack.
The incident took place at Highams Park train station in Walthamstow on Sunday when the 30-year-old black woman and her mixed raced son – who was in a pushchair – got off a train.
The suspect, who was described as a black man in his 40s, racially abused the mother because of her mixed race son then followed the victim off the train before dragging her down to the floor by her hair.
Investigating Detective Constable Gerry Hughes said:
The victim, who had her two-year-old son in a pushchair, was approached by a man at Walthamstow Central station.
They both boarded the 2.47pm Liverpool Street to Chingford service as the train arrived at Walthamstow Central around 3.03pm. During the journey, the man began to racially abuse the victim.
When the train arrived at Highams Park station, the victim left the train with her pushchair. She was assaulted by the man, who pulled her hair, dragging her to the ground along with the pushchair. The man then made off from the scene.
The victim was left understandably shocked but uninjured. Her son was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured collar bone. He was later discharged from hospital.
This was an unspeakable attack on a mother and son, and we are determined to find the man responsible.
British Transport Police have released CCTV images of the suspect and urge for anyone with any details on the attack to come forward.