Police are appealing for witnesses after a reported hate crime and road rage incident in the Crosland Moor area of Huddersfield.
The man and woman involved were passengers in a black Vauxhall Astra being driven along College Street between 12.10pm and 12.20pm last Saturday, 11 October. They have been met at a narrow point of the road by a grey Peugeot 207 with space for only one vehicle to pass.
There has been a standoff before a male passenger in the Peugeot has got out and made a racist remark. The rear-seat passenger in the Astra has got out of the vehicle to ask them to move. The other man has punched him to the face causing a swollen lip.
The female driver of the Peugeot has also approached the Astra front passenger’s window and grabbed her by the throat causing reddening and soreness.
Enquiries were made in to the grey Peugeot 207 which confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen in the Scarborough area earlier this month.
The male suspect is described as white, aged in his 50s, between 6ft 3 and 6ft 4ins tall, of slim build, with a skinny face and short, brown hair. He was wearing a short sleeved top and blue jeans.
The female suspect is described as white, aged in her 40s, around 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build, with shoulder-length uncombed hair, a ‘chubby’ face and small eyes. She was wearing a black hoody, blue jeans and black trainers.
Both suspects are described as having slurred speech.
PC Khalid Sadiq, of Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We take any reports of hate offences extremely seriously and are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed any part of this incident or who has any information about the occupants of the grey Peugeot or the vehicle’s movements after this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Huddersfield NPT on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”