Teenage girl 'grabbed and racially abused' in Essex hate crime

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A 13-year-old girl was grabbed and racially abused in what Essex Police are treating as a hate crime.

Officers investigating the racially-aggravated assault in Basildon have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to.

Essex Police said the teenager had just got off a bus in Ghyllgrove at about 4.50pm on Thursday June 22 when she was approached by a man.

He reportedly grabbed her and subjected her to racial verbal abuse, but she managed to get away and run home.

The girl was left shaken but unhurt, and officers confirmed on Saturday that they are treating it as a hate crime.

Police carried out a search of the area but the suspect was not found.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to contact Detective Constable Jodie Kinsley at Basildon CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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