Traveller racially abused and punched in the face in Todmorden
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an alleged racially motivated incident in which a 22-year-old man was racially abused before being assaulted as he travelled on a bus from Todmorden.
The local policing team believe the incident occurred around 9.40pm on 21 April when the victim was waiting for a bus at Todmorden Bus Station when he was approached by a male and subjected to racially abusive language.
The victim and the suspect boarded the 590 bus, which was travelling towards Rochdale.
During the journey, it is believed the suspect continued to racially abuse the victim before punching him in the face on two occasions.
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The victim responded in self-defence, but the suspect is believed to have struck the victim three times.
The suspect then fled from the bus near to the Morrisons on Rochdale Road and began to walk back towards Todmorden.
PC Sarah Royle, from the Todmorden Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have been at Todmorden Bus Station on that Tuesday evening and recalls seeing the incident. I am also keen to speak to anyone who may have been on the 590 bus. Your information could be vital to this investigation and I would ask you to come forward.”
A 48-year-old local man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Sarah Royle at the Todmorden Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 and by quoting crime reference number 13150158031.