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CCTV appeal after disability hate crime in Newcastle

CCTV image of a man Northumbria Police want to speak to Photo: Northumbria Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace after a disabled teenager was verbally abused in Newcastle.

It happened on December 22 last year at around 4.30pm when a woman and her 13-year-old son were walking through Newcastle city centre.

As they passed the Bacchus pub on High Bridge Street a group of men shouted at the young boy, who has cerebral palsy and mocked his condition.

The incident left the boy and his mother extremely upset and intimidated and Northumbria Police recorded it as a disability hate crime.

Now officers have released an image of a man they want to speak to about the incident as he was on High Bridge Street at the time.

Newcastle city centre Neighbourhood Sergeant, Andy Percival, said: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this region or anywhere else in the UK.

“Not only were the comments incredibly hurtful but the group made the victim and his mother feel incredibly intimidated as they walked through our city centre.

“We are treating this as a hate crime and we would encourage anyone else who is targeted because of who they are to report the incident to police.

“If you saw what happened on this occasion then please get in touch so we can have serious words with the men involved.”

The man, or anyone who knows him, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 1046 23/12/17 or by emailing the OIC on