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Bath busker says he's been abused for playing Eastern European music since Brexit vote

Nic Jovcic-Sas says he's been abused for playing Eastern European music Photo: ITV News

A busker who makes his living in Bath claims he's been heckled and abused over the Eastern European music he's played in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Violinist Nik Jovcic-Sas, who first played in the city as a 13-year-old, says he's been told he's not welcome.

Other buskers, he claims, have also been the target of abuse - with one Moldovan being told to go back to his own country.

Since the Brexit vote I have noticed there's been a change in attitude amongst the public and the buskers themselves.

I've always known Bath as a city open to the world, and it makes me sad and angry to see that sort of hate in our streets.

– Nik Jovcic-Sas, violinist

Official statistics released last week showed reports of racially or religiously-aggravated attacks rose by two fifths nationally after June's EU referendum.

In the Avon and Somerset Police area there was a total of 707 hate-motivated crimes between June 1st and July 31st.

In July alone more than 500 crimes were recorded - that's a 171 per cent increase on the previous July.