Police Hunt Man Over Racism Claims

13 July 2016, 12:25 | Updated: 13 July 2016, 12:27

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they think can help them with an investigation into claims two cyclists were racially abused in Westerham.

It's claimed the pair were targeted as they rode alomng Westerham Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers say no physical confrontation took place.

In a separate investigation, Kent Police are looking for witnesses to a racially aggravated assault in Folkestone.

The incident allegedly happened at 2.45pm on Saturday.

It is reported that a man was driving his car along Cheriton Place when he passed a man and a woman with a push chair who were shouting at him.

The man rolled down his window and it is said that he had racist abuse hurled at him.

The victim got out of his car and it is alleged a car of beer was thrown at him; he was spat on and hit.

The man followed the pair on foot to The Leas, during that time it is said the male head-butted the victim before getting into a black hatchback vehicle and leaving the area.

The man is said to be white, of broad build with a skinhead haircut. He wore a blue vest top and black bottoms.

The woman is said to be thin with very long brown hair and wearing a log grey dress.

Meantime - officers investigating a report that a woman was racially abused in Maidstone town centre have charged a man with two offences.

It's reported that at around 1pm on Sunday, a woman was verbally abused by a man in Earl Street.

Stephen Morris, 53 and of London Road in Maidstone, was arrested on suspicion of this offence on Tuesday 12 July.

He has since been charged with the following:

- Using threatening / abusive words / behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment.
- Racially/ religiously aggravated harassment/ alarm/ distress by words/ writing.

He has been bailed to appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 2 August.


From Kent Police