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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
Driver attempts to run woman over
A man's attempt to run a 30-year-old woman over with his car while she waited for a bus in Southampton was racially motivated, police have said.

The woman, wearing traditional Islamic dress and a head covering, was targeted at Lordshill Centre on 23 August.

The man drove up next to her in a red car and verbally abused her, before trying to mount the kerb in his car.

He then he drove off towards a nearby roundabout, before driving back towards the woman, who ran off, police said.

'Left shaken'

"The woman, from Southampton, ran into a nearby library to escape further abuse," a police spokeswoman said.

"She was uninjured, but was left shaken by the incident."

The man has been described as white, middle-aged, of medium build, with short brown hair and a round face. He wore a yellow top.

Officers said part of the registration number of the car he was driving was M214.

Police, who are appealing for witnesses, are particularly keen to hear from a woman who was at the bus stop during the incident and the driver of a car who was behind the car involved.

He beeped his horn when the vehicle attempted to drive onto the pavement.




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