Racial abuse on bus was '˜particularly nasty'

A SHOREHAM man bore the brunt of abuse when a man lashed out at passengers on a bus.

Monday, 20th January 2014, 2:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 5:58 am
A man police would like to speak to over the racial abuse incident on a bus in Shoreham

The 40-year-old victim was racially abused on the Coastliner 700 from Brighton to Shoreham.

A man had got on the bus at 11pm on December 12 and began being abusive to passengers.

During the journey, he was racially abusive to the victim, who is Latino, and threatened to assault him.

PC Karen Goshawk said: “This was a particularly nasty incident in which this passenger abused several people before turning his attention to the victim.

“Many of the people who were on the bus will have seen the incident taking place and I am keen to speak to them about what they saw and heard.

“Please contact us with any information you might have. No matter how insignificant you might think it is, it could be important to the investigation.

“Racist incidents of any size or nature will not be tolerated in Sussex and we will investigate each and every one fully.”

The man had boarded the bus with two women at Churchill Square shopping centre in Brighton and he got off in Shoreham High Street, by Norfolk Bridge.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw what happened before the victim got off the bus by Adur Ferry Bridge in Shoreham.

The offender is described as white, in his early 30s, 5ft 8in or 5ft 9in and slim with short, mousey brown hair.

He was wearing a brown suit jacket and a round-necked brown sweater, showing a white t-shirt underneath.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 453 of 13/12, email [email protected] or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.