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Sikh taxi driver had turban ripped off and burnt

It's emerged a Sikh taxi driver had his turban torn off and burnt by a female passenger in Bristol in September last year. Originally the offender received a police caution, but after a campaign she was charged with a race hate offence and convicted.

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Sikh taxi driver had turban ripped off and burnt by drunk woman

It's emerged a Sikh taxi driver was the victim of a vicious hate crime in Bristol.

The man was attacked by a group of drunk women in Bishopsworth last year. After getting into his taxi, one of them ripped off his turban and set it on fire.

The following day the driver went to the police but, unable to receive an update on the case, contacted race-hate campaigners SARI for help.

Only later were they told one of the five women involved in the attack had received a caution.

The case was then pursued by the victim's community and taken before high-ranking police officers who agreed to investigate further.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided there was enough evidence to rescind the caution and prosecute the attacker.

The woman has now appeared in court and admitted the offence. Avon and Somerset Police have apologised to the man for their initial handling of the case.

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