Trowbridge police probe racially-motivated apple attack

Police are appealing for information after a Devizes attack

POLICE in Trowbridge are appealing for witnesses to an incident which occurred in Bythesea Road.

At approximately 8pm on 8 August 2016, a 21-year-old woman was walking near to the library when she saw a youth riding towards her from the County Road direction.

The youth started shouting at the woman and racially abused her. The woman asked the youth to leave her alone.

He then grabbed something from a nearby tree – believed to be an apple – and threw it at her. The woman was not injured but sustained some redness to her back.

The youth then carried on down Bythesea Road in the direction of the train station.

The youth is described as male, approximately 16 to 18-years-old of skinny build. He had light coloured hair and possibly braces on his teeth. He was clean shaven and wearing a black zip-up hooded top. He was cycling on a small BMX bike.

PCSO Jay Greenland said: “Fortunately, the woman was not injured as a result of the incident, but she was left feeling upset and shaken.

“We take all reports of this nature extremely seriously and I’d like to reassure the local community that we are carrying out a thorough investigation into this incident.

“I’d like to appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident at approximately 8pm on Monday, or anyone who may be able to help us identify this youth, to get in touch immediately.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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