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12 June 2014, 06:00
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 28 year-old woman was racially abused and assaulted in Luton.
Bedfordshire Police have told Heart it happened on Saturday May 31 at around 6.30pm in Wardown Park close to the ice cream hut and children's play area.
The 28 year-old victim was asked to help a child who had got stuck on the climbing frame. As she did so, two children started mocking the child and then started swearing and racially abusing the victim - a white woman wearing a head scarf. The victim asked the children to stop swearing and then left the park with her sister and two children.
As the victim left the park she was approached by the offender who punched her in the stomach which caused her to fall to the floor and hit her head on the pavement. The offender shouted racial abuse at the victim before punching her again as she tried to stand up. He then spat in the woman's face before walking off with his wife and two children towards Old Bedford Road where they got into a grey Audi and drove away from the area.
PC Jagjeet Dhillon, who is investigating said: "This was vicious and seemingly unprovoked attack on a woman who merely asked two children in a play area to stop swearing. Thankfully, the victim's injuries were not too serious, but this offender is obviously a violent individual who was not afraid to use extreme measures in a public place and in front of young children.
If anyone saw this incident taking place or may know who the offender is, please get in touch. Even the smallest piece of information could help us find this individual."
The offender is described as being an Asian male - believed to be Pakistani, in his late 30s or early 40s, around 6ft tall, of muscular build, with very short shaved black hair and wearing a cream jumper or top with black stripes, navy blue jeans and white trainers with white markings.