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Police trace man after racist abuse allegation

Officers in Sherborne have released a photo of a man they would like to speak to in relation to an alleged incident where a woman was racially abused along Cheap Street.

The local woman, in her 30s, was walking along the street when a man who was walking past became verbally aggressive and shouted racist abuse at her. The incident happened at around 4pm on Friday 13 March 2015.

The victim challenged the man about his behaviour, but it is reported that he continued to be abusive before walking off. She managed to take a photo of the back of the suspect as he walked away.

The man is described as white, in his 70s, clean shaven and was wearing glasses. He also used a walking stick.

Police Inspector Steve Marsh, of Sherborne police, said: “This was clearly a distressing incident for the victim. Although the photo does not show the suspect’s face I would like to speak to anyone who may recognise his stance, build or clothing.

"We know two witnesses also came to the aid of the victim and the incident happened in a public place at a busy time of the day, so I would ask anyone who may have seen what happened to contact me, in confidence, on 101.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 13:312. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 17 March 2015

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