Man hunted over St Helens town centre hate crimes

Police are searching for this man to assist with enquiries
Police are searching for this man to assist with enquiries
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Police in St Helens have released a CCTV image of a man they are searching for following two hate crimes in the town.

The first incident took place on February 8 at around 2pm in Church Square when a 19-year-old man was approached by three men before being racially abused and assaulted by one of them.

On February 14 at around 4pm, the same victim was walking along Dorothy Street when he was approached by a man who racially abused and assaulted him.

The victim wasn’t seriously injured in either incident, but has been left extremely distressed by his ordeal.

Police are treating both incidents as linked hate crimes and have released an image of a man they wish to trace, as they believe he may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Constable Megan Powell said: “I’m sure the local community would agree that it’s completely unacceptable for behaviour like this to go on the streets of St Helens. The victim in this case has understandably left extremely upset by both incidents.

“We treat all reports of hate crimes extremely seriously and are working hard to trace the person responsible so he can be brought to justice. I would urge anyone who recognises the man pictured to get in touch.”

CCTV has been examined from the area and enquiries are on-going.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact detectives on 0151 777 6885 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.