Photo appeal following hate crime incident in Poole

Update:

A man has come forward in connection with a reported assault and racially aggravated public order incident in Poole.

It was reported that at around 12.05am on Sunday 8 July 2018 the victim, a male taxi driver aged in his 40s, picked up two men and a woman in Market Street. Another woman tried to get in the vehicle as well but the driver said he had no more room and she left.

It was reported that moments later, the vehicle was driving in Old Orchard when one of the male passengers jumped forward out of his seat and made racist remarks toward the taxi driver.

The driver stopped the vehicle and told the man to get out, but he refused. The driver took his phone out and took a photo of the man, who then reportedly hit the victim’s hand, causing the phone to strike him in the face. The man then allegedly hit the taxi driver directly in the face.

Following a photo appeal being issued, a 50-year-old man from Poole has come forward to officers and is assisting them with their enquiries. No arrests have been made.

 

Officers are releasing a photo of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault and racially-aggravated public order incident in Poole.

At around 12.05am on Sunday 8 July 2018 the victim, a male taxi driver aged in his 40s, picked up two men and a woman in Market Street. Another woman tried to get in the vehicle as well but the driver said he had no more room and she left.

It was reported that moments later, the vehicle was driving in Old Orchard when one of the male passengers jumped forward out of his seat and made racist remarks toward the taxi driver.

The driver stopped the vehicle and told the man to get out, but he refused. The driver took his phone out and took a photo of the man, who then reportedly hit the victim’s hand, causing the phone to strike him in the face. The man then allegedly hit the taxi driver directly in the face.

The victim struggled with the man to get him out of the car and his phone was damaged during the incident.

Police Constable Scott Thorne, of Poole police, said: “We have carried out a number of enquiries into this incident but have so far been unable to identify the man involved.

“As a result, I am now releasing the image taken by the taxi driver in the hope that someone will know who he is.

“I would also make a direct appeal to the man pictured to do the right thing and make contact with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180106566. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.