Police investigate hate crime after homophobic abuse and assault

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A woman was subjected to homophobic abuse before being assaulted by a man on a bike in Bletchley.

Police are now treating the attack as a hate crime because of the nature of the comments made before it. It took place between 8.30pm and 9pm on Sunday as the 23-year-old girl walked along a footpath between Ennerdale Close and Buttermere Close heading towards the Co-op store.

She heard a bike behind her and moved aside to let the cyclist past, but the man shouted homophobic abuse at her. As she turned around, he pushed her face against the wall while still cycling, causing her face to drag against the wall before she fell onto the ground.

She tried to chase him but lost sight of him around the Sycamore Club area.

She suffered grazing and bruising to her face but did not need hospital treatment.

The offender was wearing a grey hooded top with the word ‘Nickolson’ written on the left arm in white print. He was riding a grey woman’s mountain bike.

Investigating officer PC Annabelle Bailey, of Milton Keyes police station said: “We are treating this as a hate crime due to the comments the offender made to the victim before he assaulted her.

“We take all hate crimes extremely seriously and will not tolerate any form of homophobic-related offence.”

Any witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.