Police want to trace man after alleged racial abuse

Police want to talk to this man. (S)
Police want to talk to this man. (S)

POLICE are appealing for help to identify this man, wanted in connection with an allegation of racist abuse in Harrogate.

The alleged incident happened at the Co-op on Otley Road, near the junction with Pannal Ash Road, on Wednesday, April 4, around 10.45pm.

The woman working in the shop refused to serve a white man in his late teens, because he could not prove how old he was.

Police say he then reportedly became abusive, using racially offensive language.

The suspect is said to be slim, with short dark hair which is shaved at the sides. He was wearing a light coloured t-shirt and beige trousers.

PC Tom Barker, of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “North Yorkshire Police takes racism and all forms of hate crime very seriously. This deeply offensive behaviour is something that we will not tolerate.

“I need to speak to anyone who can identify the individual in the CCTV image to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.”

Anyone who can help the police with this enquiry is asked to contact Harrogate police on 101, press option 2 and ask for PC Barker.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12120055984.