Officers investigating a religiously aggravated assault in Bournemouth are issuing an image of a woman they would like to speak to.

At around 3.55pm on Thursday 9 January 2020 a woman – who was wearing a hijab – was with her daughter and granddaughter in the Tesco Extra car park on Riverside Avenue.

The daughter noticed a woman taking pictures of her mother. When she asked the woman to stop, an altercation occurred and she sustained swelling and pain to her face. The offending woman also shouted religiously aggravated abuse at the victim.

Police Constable Jack Cornick, of Bournemouth police, said: “Dorset Police takes hate crime very seriously and we are determined to identify the woman responsible.

“This was a very unpleasant and unprovoked incident, which left the family very upset.

“Following enquiries, I have obtained an image of a woman I would like to speak to and I am appealing to anyone who recognises her to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200004380. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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