Hate crime against young boy

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident in Bridgwater on Sunday 6th October.

An 11-year-old boy was assaulted and verbally abused at around 8pm on Moorland Way, Bridgwater. The offender punched the boy in the head, he was then kicked to the floor, while being verbally abused.

The incident which was reported to Police on 13th October is being treated as racially motivated.

PC Jennifer Atkinson told us “This is a worrying incident in which a young boy has been attacked and verbally abused. We’re treating this as a hate crime due to the words used by the offender during the attack. The victim suffered bruising but thankfully no serious injuries. We’ve referred him to our Lighthouse Safeguarding Unit, so we can make sure that he and his family get all the help and support they need as the criminal investigation progresses.

The Police also note that as the incident happened in a residential area in the early evening the chances are there would have been witnesses. If anyone saw all or part of this assault please come forward.

If you can help, please call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219237409.

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