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Hate crime on Bristol city centre bus under investigation

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We’re appealing for witnesses after a woman subjected another passenger to racial abuse on-board a bus in Bristol city centre.

The victim, a 53-year-old woman, was on the X39A First Bus travelling from Redcliffe to Bristol Temple Meads when the incident happened at about 4pm on Wednesday 14 November.

The bus driver was alerted to the incident and the offender was ejected from the bus at Temple Meads.

We’re making enquiries to try and identify the offender who’s described as a white, 45 to 50 years old, with brown hair worn in a ponytail and wearing a long skirt, Ugg boots and a cream jumper/gilet.

Investigating officer PC Megan Emery said: “This incident was reported to us on Monday 26 November and is being investigated as a hate crime. The actions of the offender were disgraceful and unacceptable.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information which would help us to identify the offender to come forward.

“One man told other passengers he had filmed the incident on his mobile phone. If this was you, please come forward as we’d like to see the footage as soon as possible.”

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5218263560

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.