Police investigate hate crime in Hawick

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following racially aggravated abuse in Hawick at 11pm last night, Wednesday 29.

A 21-year-old man was walking along the road from the top of Baker Street when an unknown man shouted racially aggravated abuse at him.

The suspect is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, and is between 5ft 7inches - 6ft tall,.

He has red/blonde short hair, and a stocky build, and was wearing a red/orange coloured hoodie.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

For this young man to be subject to such unprovoked abuse as he went about his daily business is shocking.

"This behaviour is absolutely unacceptable in our community and I'd urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information which can help with our enquiries, to come forward."

– Inspector Mike Bennett