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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Windermere police appeal for information following hate crime

POLICE in Windermere are appealing to trace a good Samaritan who intervened in an incident that has been reported as a hate crime.

An investigation has been launched after an incident occurred on Woodland Road in Windermere at around 7.30pm on Sunday 22 July 2012 where a Chinese man from Harrogate and his family were subject to verbal, racial abuse and threats of violence by a man as they were walking through the town. The incident was reported to police via an online report sent into South Lakeland District Council.

The incident was defused by a ‘good Samaritan’ who intervened and told the male offender to leave the family alone.

Police are making local enquiries and are keen to speak to anyone who can help them identify the offender who is described as white, at least six foot tall and had a distinct deviation in his left eye.

PC Jim Bell is investigating. He said: “This appears to have been an unprovoked verbal assault which has caused a great deal of distress to an innocent family who were visiting the area on holiday.

“Everybody has the right to enjoy themselves without the fear of verbal or physical abuse and what this family experienced is totally unacceptable. We are treating this seriously and are determined to track down the offender. We are appealing to the wider community to come forward and help us so that this man is caught and is stopped from behaving like this again.

“I am particularly keen to speak to the good Samaritan who witnessed the incident and prevented the incident from escalating. If this was you, or if you have information that can help police, please contact me at Windermere police station by calling 101.”

You can also provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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