Detectives in Sefton are appealing for information following a race hate incident in Bootle on Saturday, June 11.

Emergency services were called just before 11pm, when a 24-year-old man was walking with friends through South Park. He was racially verbally abused and assaulted by a large number of youths on the pathway near to Hawthorne Road. The man managed to leave the park before contacting the ambulance service. He was then taken to hospital by ambulance where he continues to be treated for facial injuries and what is thought to be a stab wound to the buttocks. His condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Detectives from Sefton’s specialist SIGMA hate crime team will be investigating this incident as a hate crime.

Detective Inspector Paul Nilsen said: “The investigation is at an early stage but this would appear to be a completely unprovoked attack on a man just going about his business.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries in the area – a number of scenes have been established for forensic examination, CCTV is being sought and enquiries carried out with witnesses. While this incident took place late at night we are particularly keen to speak with anyone who was in the park, maybe even earlier that evening, who saw a large group of youths, to get in contact.

“This incident is being investigated by specialist detectives from our SIGMA hate crime team and I’m sure the local community would agree that violence and racism have no place in our communities and those responsible for this attack need to be brought to justice.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3835, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the Stop Hate UK charity on 0800 138 1625 where they can also receive advice and support.


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