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Appeal for information after racially aggravated assault – Bromley

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We are appealing for information after a woman who has learning difficulties was assaulted and verbally abused by a group of people at Bromley North railway station.

The woman, who is aged in her thirties, was in McDonalds in Bromely High Street when a teenage girl and a young boy who was riding on a scooter approached the restaurant and looked through the door.

They appeared to be laughing at the victim and she felt they were making fun of her.

The girl and boy walked away and the victim left McDonalds and headed towards Bromley North station.

A few minutes later, a group of three girls followed the victim to the station and joined the girl and the boy on scooter who were also at the station.

They walked to the furthest end of the platform and then verbally abused the victim including using racist language.

The girl who was with the young boy then poured drink all over the victim.

The group of three girls left the station, followed shortly afterwards by the girl with the young boy. Police were called and arrived shortly afterwards.

The incident happened at around 7.20pm on Wednesday 31 May and officers would like to speak to anyone who has any information who has not yet come forward.

Investigating officer, Det Con Vanessa Cadrecha, said: “This woman was verbally abused with racist language and then physically assaulted in a completely unprovoked attack. At BTP we do not tolerate hate crime or any level of violence, and everyone should be free to use the railway network without fear of intimidation or abuse.

“I would like to speak to anyone who has any information about this incident or can help to identify the offenders.”

The first offender who poured the drink on the victim is white, around 16 years old, with long dark hair and medium build. She was wearing a pink short-sleeved top, grey or light brown tracksuit bottoms with a white stipe on each side and trainers. She was carrying a bag and jacket.

The boy who was with the first offender is white, around 10 or 12 years old, with short brown hair. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt with the logo HYPE in white writing on the front, dark trousers and a dark backpack. He was riding a white scooter.

Of the three girls who joined at the station, the first offender is a mixed race female with long dark curly hair, aged between 16 and 19 years old, of slim build.

She wearing blue jeans, black and white trainers, a beige mac coat and carried a black handbag over her shoulder.

The second offender is a mixed race female, aged 16-19 years old, slim build, with long dark hair. She was wearing sunglasses on her head, a stripy short sleeved top, blue jeans and black and white shoes.

The third offender is a mixed race Asian woman, aged 16-19 years old, of slim build. She was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, white trainers, with long dark hair and was carrying a black handbag over her left shoulder.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about what happened is asked to contact Det Con Vanessa Cadrecha by calling BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text information to 61016, quoting reference number 312 13/07/17.

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