Hunt for man who abused people at Portsmouth bus stop

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A MAN who allegedly racially abused five people at a bus stop is being hunted by police.

A black man, a black woman, a white woman, and two young mixed race children were at the bus stop near Martha’s in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

Police later received a report that the man was speaking loudly on his mobile phone and deliberately using offensive racially-abusive language towards some of the people at the bus stop.

Now police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened between 8.25am and 8.40am on May 24.

Investigating officer PC Mark Walsh from Portsmouth City Centre Unit said: ‘Racially-motivated crimes in the city centre do not happen frequently, however we will deal with reports robustly and thoroughly. This abuse was reported quite early in the morning when some people would have been on their way to work. The description of the suspect is fairly distinct so I’m hoping someone may have met this man that morning and may be able to identify him.

‘Verbally-offensive language, especially racially-abusive words, have no place in today’s society. Victims of such abuse need not suffer in silence.’

The suspect is white, aged in his early to mid 30s with bleached blond hair. He wore beige trousers and a denim jacket and carried a red bag.

Call PC Mark Walsh at Portsmouth central station on 101.