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LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz injured in 'racially motivated' assault in Soho

LBC radio presenter Maajid Nawaz has said he was racially attacked and hit in the face outside a central London theatre.

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In a series of tweets, Mr Nawaz said a white man attacked him from behind outside the Soho Theatre.

He posted a photo of a cut to his forehead and said the man racially abused him and then hit him in the face with "maybe a signet ring".

The attacker then ran away "like a coward" and "He took nothing. He was just a racist," Mr Nawaz said. Mr Nawaz presents a show on LBC radio on Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes.

The Metropolitan Police said they were called to a report of a racially aggravated assault in Dean Street at 7.10pm on Monday.

My forehead will probably be scarred for life. But we will find you, you racist coward, and you will face British justice.

– Maajid Nawaz

In one tweet he said there were witnesses who heard the racial abuse, and they gave statements to the police - who "have his face of CCTV".

Mr Nawaz is the founder of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism organisation.

He asked not to be contacted, but thanked those who had offered their support.

I just returned home from the hospital after having my wound glued up.

I owe a huge debt to the two lovely young witnesses (both white non-Muslims) male and female who called the police, and waited with me to console me, and then provided a witness statement (I won’t identify them as I don’t wish to endanger them).

Your kindness kept me sane. I also thank Soho Theatre for identifying the racist assailant on their CCTV footage.

I thank the police first responders (all of whom were white non-Muslims) for their professionalism (even though after the kind policeman asked my profession, he did ask "what’s LBC").

– Maajid Nawaz, writing on Instagram