Appeal following hate crime on Grove Street, Liverpool

Detectives investigating a hate crime in Liverpool last month have issued an image of a man they believe could have information to assist their enquiries. 

At around 3.20pm on Monday 21 March, police received a report that a male suspect racially abused and assaulted a man and woman on Grove Street, near the junction of Myrtle Street.

It was reported that the man and woman were travelling on electric scooters along Low Hill towards Grove Street when they were challenged by an unknown male. 

At the junction of Grove Street and Myrtle Street the male caught up with them and directed racial abuse towards them.

It was further reported that the suspect assaulted the male victim, who suffered minor injuries. 

Detectives are now issuing images to help identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with their enquiries.

Detective Inspector Tony Roberts said, “Hate will not be tolerated in any form by Merseyside Police and we are working to find the person responsible for this incident and bring them to justice. 

“I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man featured in this image, to come forward. We believe he could hold vital information to our continuing enquiries.

“Similarly, if you were in the Grove Street area at the time of the incident and saw anything, then do come forward.

“We understand that a member of the public intervened during the incident to help the victims. If this was you, then please get in touch.

“You can contact us directly or anonymously via Crimestoppers – however you choose to let us know, we will take action.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre with reference  22000196915.

You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information

If you wish to report a hate crime, but don’t want to call the police in the first instance, across Merseyside, there are a number of third-party reporting centres available.

These include the charity Stop Hate UK who can be contacted on 0800 138 1625. Support networks such as the Anthony Walker Foundation also provide emotional support, practical assistance, and information to anyone requesting help.

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