Witness appeal following racial abuse incident in Highcliffe

Officers investigating an incident in which a woman was racially abused in Highcliffe are appealing for information from the public.

Sometime between 9.30pm and 9.45pm on Tuesday 26 September 2017 a woman was walking along Lymington Road close to the Co-op store when a small silver car, containing a number of men, stopped on the opposite side of the road. 

The driver wound down the window, shouted repeated racial abuse at her and drove away.

The offender is described as white, aged around 20 years old, with brown or ginger hair and a round face.

The victim – a woman aged in her 20s from the Hatfield area of Hertfordshire – was not physically injured. 

An investigation is now underway and officers have been carrying out CCTV enquiries in the area.

Police Constable Andy Kennedy, of Christchurch police, said: “The woman was understandably upset and shaken following this unprovoked incident. 

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Lymington Road between the relevant times and saw or heard anything suspicious to please contact me.

“Racial abuse and hate crime has no place in our community and Dorset Police takes all reports extremely seriously.”

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 551701505850. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.