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Men punched and spat on woman on train in West Lothian

Two men who punched and spat on a woman on a train in West Lothian are being sought by police.

British Transport Police are appealing for information after the 19-year-old was assaulted in Uphall on Sunday.

The incident happened between 22:15 and 22:30, when the woman was approached by two men on the 22.13 Edinburgh Waverley to Helensburgh service.

Words were exchanged before the victim was grabbed and punched by one of the men and spat on by another.

Heavy build

Although "very shaken", the woman was not badly and injured did not require medical treatment.

Both men were described as being about 40 years of age and of heavy build.

One of them had brown hair and was wearing a purple checked shirt and jeans.

The other man was wearing a maroon jacket and blue jeans. Both of them spoke with Glasgow accents.

Det Con David McAllister, the British Transport Police officer in charge of the inquiry, said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack on a defenceless woman and I am anxious to speak with anyone who was on the train and witnessed it to come forward."

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