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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Attacker pulls off Sikh's turban
A Sikh man had his turban pulled off and was racially abused in a town in Northants, police said on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old local man was walking along Rushden High Street, Rushden, with his brother and father on Sunday night when the attack happened.

Two men approached from the direction of the Corner Flag public house.

Both men shouted out racist abuse at the three men and threaten them. One of the men then grabbed hold of the turban, tugging it off the man's head.

The assailant then threw the turban on the ground.

Both offenders then ran off in the direction of The Feathers public house.

'Racially threatened'

Pc Julia Hankins said: "This was a horrible crime where a man was innocently walking down Rushden High Street with family members when he was racially threatened and abused and had his turban ripped off.

"There were a number of people in the area at the time and we are appealing for witnesses or anyone who recognises the description of the offenders and knows who they are to contact us as a matter of urgency."

Both offenders were white men in their late 20s to early 30s, about 6ft 1in to 6ft 3in tall and of a slim to medium build. Both were carrying dark brown beer bottles.

The first offender, who ripped off the victim's turban, had cropped brown hair and was wearing a sky blue long-sleeved button-up shirt, dark jeans and dark shoes.

The second offender had light brown gelled hair and was wearing a white long-sleeved button-up shirt with fine dark stripes in a checked pattern, dark jeans and shoes.

Witnesses to this incident or anyone with any information is asked to call Northants Police.


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