Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Man tried to pull off Muslim's veil in Touchwood

POLICE want to speak to this man who police suspect tried to pull off a Muslim woman’s face veil in Touchwood shopping centre, Solihull.


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Officer said the 26-year-old victim had just walked past the Disney store when a man
“approached her from behind, took hold of her head and removed her face covering”.

A police press release said: “As her attacker walked away, he threw the material on the floor and left the shopping centre.

“Although physically unharmed, the woman was left severely shaken by the incident.”

The incident happened just after 2pm on Saturday March 3. Police only released details today.

Chief Inspector Kevin Doyle said: “Reports of crimes like this are exceptionally rare both in Solihull and the wider West Midlands.

“We are treating this incident as a hate crime as we believe the woman was deliberately targeted because of her faith symbolised by her attire.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the man captured on camera to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information can call Solihull police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111.

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