Racist assault in Thirsk – appeal for witnesses

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Police are appealing for information following a racially aggravated in the town.

It occurred between 4.30pm and 5pm on Friday 6 July 2012, when a 23-year-old local man was walking along Westgate towards .

As he approached the junction of Westgate and Sowerby Road one of a group of men shouted racist abuse and someone threw a can of lager at him. When the victim turned to walk away from the group, one of the men then assaulted him.

As a result of the the man suffered a cut above his right eye and bruising around the eye and cheekbone.

A 19-year-old man and a boy aged 16 who were arrested in connection with the assault have been released on bail to allow for further enquiries.

PC Julie Kessell, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

I ask anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away.

I am particularly keen to speak to anyone else who was in the group of men, so that I can get a clearer picture of the circumstances around the incident.

Anyone who can assist with this enquiry is asked to contact Thirsk police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Julie Kessell.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12120109313.


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