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BBC Radio 1 Presenter Mary Mandefield Confronts Racial Abuse on Train, Police Step In

BBC Radio 1’s Mary Mandefield experienced a harrowing train journey when a group of unruly individuals subjected her and other passengers to racial abuse on a Thameslink train. Mandefield, who is also a presenter on Radio 1Xtra, was traveling from Bedford to Three Bridges on Thursday evening when the incident unfolded.

She captured a distressing scene on video, showing a man aggressively proclaiming, “This is England,” and directing racial slurs towards passengers. The footage, which has been viewed over 439,000 times on X (formerly Twitter), shows other passengers intervening as tensions escalated.

The incident began after the group accused a man of brushing past them on an escalator, leading to threats and physical aggression towards anyone who intervened. Among those targeted was a woman in her seventies. Mandefield, who films the ordeal, was then threatened by the perpetrators.

The British Transport Police were alerted and responded promptly to the scene at East Croydon station, removing those involved from the train and initiating further investigations.

Govia Thameslink Railway has reached out to Mandefield, expressing their regret over the incident and appreciation for the courageous actions of the railway staff and police.

Mandefield’s ordeal has sparked a broader discussion on social media about the persistence of racism in public spaces and the impact on victims and bystanders.

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