Racially-motivated attack was “vicious and violent”

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An Asian man was “viciously and violently” attacked in Oakley Close, Luton, last week during an incident which was believed to have been motivated by hate.

At around 11.20pm on Wednesday (March 22) the victim pulled into Oakley Close to turn his vehicle around when he was approached by a group of five men. Police state they have no description of these men but the victim believes he was targeted because of his ethnicity.

The offenders threatened the man and banged on his window before smashing two windows and pulling him from the car, hitting him with a number of items including a metal bar.

The group dispersed when two members of the public got out of their vehicle and officers are very keen to speak to these individuals.

PC James Biggs, investigating, said: “This was a vicious and violent attack which left the victim needing hospital treatment. We are urging anyone with information to come forward to assist in finding those responsible for such an abhorrent attack. I’m particularly keen to speak to the two men in an old shape silver Vauxhall Astra as I believe they may have vital information to help with our enquiries. Hate crime has no place in our society and we will not tolerate violence of any kind.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Biggs on 101 quoting reference C/12320/2017. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.