Racial Abuse in Dulverton

Somerset is just getting back into the swing of being a holiday destination again. Local bars, cafes and attractions have had a tough spring and summer already. So it is distressing to read of an incident when tourists experience racial abuse.

The incident was described by Avon & Somerset Police as a “racially aggravated public order offence”. In Dulverton, on Saturday 1 August, a 63-year-old woman and her family members were standing outside The Lion Hotel in Bank Square at around 7pm. The family are from Liverpool and were holidaying in Somerset.

A woman driving a blue estate car shouted racial abuse at them from her car window. She then drove off towards Lady Street. The offender, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, is described as white with short blonde hair and aged between 45 and 55.

The investigating PC, Gareth Jose, told us “This was a distressing incident and it is saddening that the victims, who were tourists on holiday, will take home a negative impression of our area. The abuse took place in broad daylight in a busy location and we believe that there were several witnesses. We’d ask anyone who saw the incident and could help us identify the offender to get in touch with us. I’d like to reassure the victim that hate has no place in Somerset and that we take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously. If you can help, please get in touch with us on 101, quoting reference 5220174585.

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