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Appeal after man allegedly directs racial slurs at bus passengers in Halstead

Witnesses are being sought by police, following an alleged racially-aggravated offence at a bus stop in Halstead.

Essex Police received reports of an incident in High Street on Monday, September 2, at about 4pm, when a man attempted to board the bus, but was refused entry.

After being told he could not get on the bus, the man allegedly directed racial slurs at several of the passengers on board at the time.

A man has been arrested. Stock picture (16963772)
A man has been arrested. Stock picture (16963772)

A 51-year-old man from Colchester was later arrested on suspicion of committing three public order offences, including assault, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly, in relation to the incident.

He has since been released, pending further investigation and police inquiries.

An appeal is now calling for anyone who was on the bus at the time, or who witnessed the incident, to come forward.

If you can help, contact Braintree’s local policing team on 101, quoting the crime reference number 42/140973/19.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with the Crimestoppers charity, anonymously, by telephoning 0800 555111.

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