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National Hate Crime Awareness Week – Hate crime appeal

During National Hate Crime Awareness Week, officers from the City of London Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a man was racially abused in the middle of the day.

The 'Big Issue' seller was targeted outside a pub on Bishopsgate (EC2M) on Monday 30 September 2019 at approximately 17:00hrs. The victim was told to “go back to his country” by a white man described as around 30-35 years of age, 175cm tall, with a ginger beard. The attacker was wearing a hat and dark jacket. The victim was also physically assaulted by this man.

DC Chris Arnold, from the City of London Police, said:

“This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Thankfully, incidents of hate crime are low within the Square Mile, but even one offence is one too many.

“We are committed to tackling this sort of crime and want people to feel they can go about their daily business in the City, no matter who they are, without fear of violence or threat.

“If you witnessed this attack, please get in touch.”

If you have any information about this incident, or were in the area at the time, please contact the City of London Police on 0207 601 2999 quoting reference 19*522304. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, via their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week brings thousands of people across the UK together to say no to hate crime, to encourage hate crime reporting and to improve the way we respond to hate crime and prevent further incidents from taking place.

For information on National Hate Crime Awareness Week, please visit If you’ve been a victim of hate crime in the City please visit our website for reporting advice and support services.

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