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Police plea after driver is victim of racist attack

PUBLISHED: 15:58 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:50 12 August 2010

A POLICE investigation is underway after two men launched an unprovoked racist attack on a driver two days before Christmas. Bromley officers are appealing for information about the assault which left the victim needing hospital treatment, including sti

A POLICE investigation is underway after two men launched an unprovoked racist attack on a driver two days before Christmas.

Bromley officers are appealing for information about the assault which left the victim needing hospital treatment, including stitches to his face.

On December 23, at about 4.15pm, the 44-year-old Asian man was driving along White Horse Hill in Chislehurst when a BMW with two men in it overtook him, sounding its horn.

It braked in front of the victim's car and both suspects jumped out and began to racially abuse the driver. The BMW driver threatened to kill the victim before smashing his window and punching him in the face.

They then got back in their car and drove off while the injured man was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, in Sidcup, for treatment. He remained in hospital overnight after receiving stitches to his badly bruised and cut face.

A Bromley police spokesman said: "This was a nasty and totally unprovoked assault and we are determined to trace the men responsible. We would urge anyone with information which could help us identify these men to contact us."

The suspect for the assault is white, between 5ft 5in and 5ft 9in tall, has short dark hair, is clean shaven and of slim build and was wearing a black coat and light blue jeans. The other suspect is white. It is believed the men were driving a new shape 5 series BMW.

Anyone with any information should contact Detective Constable Suial Miah at Bromley police's community safety unit on 0208 284 8760 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In the 12-month period from November 2008 to November 2009, there were 401 racist crimes committed in Bromley - an increase on the 378 incidents the year before.

Racist crimes increased by nearly seven per cent across the Met from 2008 to 2009, with 9,265 incidents rising to 9,908.

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