Image copyright Emily Shepherd Image caption Emily Shepherd overheard the conversation on board a develop between Bournemouth and Manchester

A student has caused a nationwide hunt for a “love rat” after overhearing a dialogue on a train.

Bournemouth University student Emily Shepherd tweeted: “If anyone has a boyfriend called Ben …. he’s merely told his friends he’s cheating on you.”

The post has been retweeted more than 26,000 periods after she sent it from the Bournemouth to Manchester train on Friday.

Ms Shepherd said the response had been “crazy”.