Police hunt driver who racially abused man in car park

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The incident happened in the Wickes car park in Christchurch (photo: Google)

POLICE are hunting a motorist who racially abused and threatened another man after speeding into a Christchurch car park and nearly colliding with him.

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Officers have asked for witnesses and dash cam footage after the local victim, who is in his 40s and originally from Poland, was targeted in the hate crime outside Wickes in Somerford Road between midday and 12.30pm on Saturday.

The victim became involved in a verbal exchange with the suspect, who reportedly entered the car park at speed before parking in a disabled bay, nearly hitting him.

After hurling racist abuse, the man approached him “with his arms raised and fists clenched” and started swinging punches. The victim dodged the punches and returned to his own vehicle.

The offender is described as white, in his 50s, around 5ft 9in tall, slim build, and was driving a blue car, believed to have been a Ford C-Max.

PC James Prowse said: “We take hate crime very seriously and are carrying out a number of enquiries to identify the man responsible for this offence.

“I am appealing to any witnesses, or motorists who were in the car park at the time and may have captured something relevant on dash cam, to please contact us.

“I understand a number of people approached the victim after the altercation to check he was alright, and I would be keen to hear from these individuals as they may be potential witnesses.”

Those with information should contact Dorset officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 55200175485, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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