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Police searching for man who racially abused five female students

9 April 2018 Local News

Police are appealing for witnesses following a hate crime incident in Newcastle-under-Lyme last week.

Five female students were racially abused by a man whilst waiting for a bus at Newcastle bus station at around 7.20pm on Thursday 5 April.

The women spotted the man urinating in the street before he approached them, spat at them and made racially abusive comments. He then head-butted one of the women and attempted to remove her Hijab.

The offender is described as a white male, in his late twenties, approximately 6ft tall and of slim build with blonde hair. He was wearing a black hoody and bottoms and spoke with a local accent.

Vulnerability Sergeant John Hughes, from Newcastle-under-Lyme local policing team, said: “This was a despicable act and one that left the victims understandably shaken.

Thankfully, several members of the public came to their aid and intervened during the incident.

“Hate crime of any kind will not be tolerated and we will do everything we can to catch the perpetrator.”

“If you were in the area at the time or have any information in relation to this incident please call us on 101 quoting incident 495 of 6 April.  Alternatively, for guaranteed anonymity, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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