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E-fit released of man who 'pulled down young woman's hijab in racially motivated attack'

Scott D'Arcy

Published 21/10/2016 | 10:14

An e-fit of a man suspected of pulling down a woman's hijab in a racially motivated attack Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
An e-fit of a man suspected of pulling down a woman's hijab in a racially motivated attack Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Detectives have released an e-fit of a man suspected of pulling down a woman's hijab in a racially motivated attack.

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The victim, in her 20s, was not injured but was left shocked and distressed, Scotland Yard said.

She was walking in north London with a woman friend at around 7.30pm on Wednesday September 28 when they were approached from behind by two men.

As they crossed High Road by the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, one of the men pulled down the hijab she was wearing before both made off towards Pelham Road.

The first suspect, pictured in the e-fit, is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, with blond or ginger shaved hair and stubble.

Police said he was about 5ft 6in and wearing a burgundy-coloured hooded top and carrying a Tesco bag in his right hand.

The second suspect was of Mediterranean appearance, in his late 20s or early 30s and clean-shaven, with spiky hair. He wore a grey hooded top.

Detective Constable Ben Cousin, of Haringey Community Safety Unit, said: "This was a shocking attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street.

"The victim has given us a good description of the two suspects and from this we have been able to generate an e-fit of one of the suspects. I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man or anyone who witnessed the incident to please come forward and speak to us."

Police are treating the attack as a hate crime, which came shortly before a similar attack in London's Oxford Street on October 4, when a man attempted to pull the headscarf from a Muslim woman in her 40s.

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