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Appeal after racially-aggravated assault outside fast food shop in Hadleigh

A man in his 50s was racially abused and assaulted, after a confrontation with another man at a shop in Hadleigh at the weekend, resulting in a police appeal for information.

The incident occurred at Hadleigh Fast Food in High Street on Saturday, between 7.10pm and 7.15pm.

While the victim was waiting to collect his food order, another man walked into the shop, ignoring the sign that stated only one customer was allowed inside at a time, in line with coronavirus social distancing regulations.

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The victim advised him about social distancing, but the man took exception to his and became abusive, before attempting to block the victim when he tried to leave the shop, which resulted in the victim having to push past him.

The man then shouted a racial insult towards the victim, as he followed him across the road to where his partner was waiting for him in their car.

The victim opened his partner’s door to pass her the food, then warned the man to stay back, but the man slammed the door shut and told her to stay in the vehicle.

He subsequently assaulted the victim after he walked around to the passenger side and got into the car, by trying to slam the door onto the victim’s leg, although no lasting injury was caused.

The man is described as white with a grey beard, aged in his 50 and stands five feet eight inches tall,aged in his 50s.

At the time, he was wearing a leather jacket and black jeans.

Anybody with information about what happened should call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting the incident reference number 37/21968/20.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.

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