Racial abuse incident

23 Feb 2015 14:17 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident of racial abuse in South Tyneside.

It happened at 5.59pm, on Saturday, February 21, on the path which crosses the field at the rear of Imeary Street and Dean Road.

A 26-year-old man was cycling near the park when he was approached by a young couple. The man had two Siberian husky type dogs and the woman was pushing a buggy with a small child. The cyclist stopped and pulled to the side to allow the family to pass by.  The man then racially abused the cyclist and threatened to set his dogs on him. The cyclist rode off, shaken by the incident, but was otherwise unharmed.

The couple are described as both white. The man as 5ft 8ins tall, aged approximately early 20s and of muscular build. The woman 5ft 2ins tall, in her late teens and of medium build.

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area into what is described as an isolated incident and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 909 of 21/02/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.