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Driver left shaken after racist abuse and car door kicked in at Preston traffic lights

Posted on - 28th August, 2012 - 8:41pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News
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A CCTV still of the man police want to speak to in connection with the incident

Police are wanting to speak to this man after a car was vandalised while waiting at a set of traffic lights in Preston.

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The incident, which is being treated as a racial incident by Lancashire Police, took place on Tuesday 21 August at 3.05pm on the junction of Corporation Street and Ringway.

A 22-year-old man from Avenham was driving his black BMW along Corporation Street where he encountered six or seven people in the road near Micks Hut takeaway.

The group refused to move despite vehicles having to swerve around them.

The BMW driver moved to avoid to group and beeped his horn. As he continued to the traffic lights the group caught up with his car and shouted racist abuse.

Two members of the group then banged on the windows and another man, pictured in the CCTV image on the left, kicked the driver’s door and dented it. He also goaded the driver to get out and fight with him, but the driver pulled away when the lights changed.

PC Andrea Ross said: “We are treating this as a racially aggravated criminal damage and I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this incident or knows the name of the man pictured in the CCTV image to come forward.”

The man is described as being in his mid-twenties, 5’10”, slim athletic build, light white blonde hair, clean shaven and was wearing a blue polo t-shirt with yellow trim to the sleeves with a small logo and blue jeans.

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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