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Search is on for group of young people in suspected Gloucester hate crime assault

The alleged assault happened in the St John's lane area of Gloucester. Photo: ITV West Country

Police are searching for a group of young people involved in a suspected hate crime in Gloucester.

The group allegedly taunted and assaulted a 22-year-old man with learning difficulties.

It happened in the St Johns Lane area on Thursday 30th August, at around 4.20pm.

The group allegedly taunted and assaulted a 22-year-old man with learning difficulties. Credit: ITV West Country

Police have said they would like to speak to:

  • a man seen riding a bike and wearing blue jeans and a dark long-sleeved top.
  • a man dressed in dark tracksuit bottoms and a dark coloured long-sleeved top.
  • a man wearing white shoes, dark coloured trousers, a dark jacket with a light hooded top underneath.
  • a man wearing white shoes and all dark clothing.
Police are thanking the member of the public who recognised the assault as a hate crime. Credit: ITV West Country

This was a particularly distressing and nasty offence where we believe a young man was assaulted due to his learning difficulties.

We are now asking for the public's help to identify four males who are believed to be aged between 14 and 18 in connection with the incident.

I'd also like to thank the member of the public who called this in and recognised that this was a hate crime.

We take all reports such as this very seriously and if you have been the victim of a hate crime, or have witnessed one, please do call police on 101 or 999 if offenders are present.

– PC Steph Lawrence, Gloucestershire Constabulary Hate Crime Coordinator
Police have released a description of four people who allegedly assaulted a 22-year-old man. Credit: ITV West Country

Anyone with information is urged to:

  • Submit their information online:
  • Call Police on 101, quoting incident 254 of 30 August
  • Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.