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1 August 2012, 10:34
A woman in a mobility scooter has been assaulted and verbally abused in Chelmsford.
The victim was riding along Duke Street towards the railway station between 6:30pm - 7pm on Monday July 23rd, when she was approached by a large group of both male and female youths who verbally abused, kicked and punched her.
The group then ran off towards the train station.
They are believed to have been aged between 16 and 18-years-old.
The incident is being treated as a disability hate crime.
Hate crime officer Pc Ann-Marie Pitcher said: "Hate crime is treated very seriously and this is a shocking incident.
"It appears that the woman has been targeted because she uses a mobility scooter. We are appealing for witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the incident and also to a man who stopped to assist the woman."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Pitcher or investigating officer Pc Mark Smith at Chelmsford police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.