Autistic girl, 5, verbally abused on train by drunken lout

Alexa was verbally abused for making noise on a train.
Alexa was verbally abused for making noise on a train.

A VILE drunken lout verbally abused a five-year-old disabled girl on a train back from her holiday.

The brute yelled down the carriage at a crying Alexa Quinn Fuller: “Will you shut your f*****g mongo child up.”

Police are now investigating the outrageous hate crime on the way to Bathgate and have appealed for help in hunting the yob.

“She was so upset,” said dad Danny Fuller, 34. “If I hadn’t calmed her down I think she would’ve been sick with worry. She’s had nightmares since about a bad man.”

Alexa was subjected to the foul-mouthed rant as she made her way back from an overnight stay in London with Danny, his partner Shauna Proctor and three-year-old sister Taylor.

“She was being a bit noisy,” said Danny. “He was drunk and started off making quiet comments but then shouted.

“I told him it’s my five-year-old disabled daughter, that she didn’t understand and that if he didn’t like it, he could move carriage.

“He was with a woman and she was telling him to shut up. If I hadn’t been trying to stay calm for Alexa, I would’ve kicked off more.”

Mr Fuller and his children were on the last train back from Glasgow on Wednesday night after a couple of days sightseeing in London.

Big-hearted bosses at Virgin Trains had sent them some free first class tickets after hearing Alexa, who has undiagnosed autism, was in hospital with arthritis in her knee.

“She’s obsessed with trains and when Virgin stopped selling the Pendolino sweets she tweeted them saying how sad she was,” said Danny.

“They sent her a big box and when they heard she was in hospital they sent her free tickets - they went above and beyond.”

After a long, tiring day travelling back, Alexa was targeted with the abuse, prompting her dad to immediately report it to transport cops via text.

“The British Transport Police were brilliant,” said Mr Fuller. “It worked exactly as it should and they even came all the way from Waverley with the blue light on but unfortunately just missed him.”

The suspect is thought to have been captured on station CCTV and is described as was white, of a slim build with black messy hair and around six-foot tall.

He was wearing a black T-shirt, dark shorts and was travelling with a woman.

Quick-thinking Mr Fuller managed to capture mobile phone footage of him leaving the 2353 train from Glasgow at Bathgate before getting into a Peugeot taxi towards Wester Inch.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Shortly before 12.30am on August 2 officers were called to Bathgate station following a report of a man being abusive to passengers, including a young child.

“Officers attended, however the suspect could not be traced and no arrests have been made. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.”

Anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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