A woman had abuse hurled at her in the street for being disabled.
The 60-year-old was sworn at and ridiculed while on a shopping trip in central Milton Keynes.
She had parked in a disabled parking bay in the car park close to The Point, near Midsummer Place, when she was verbally abused by a man on a motorbike.
Police have now launched an investigation into the hate crime offence - and are appealing for witnesses who can help officers to arrest the offender.
PC Dilshan Direkze said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack which left the vulnerable victim very upset.
“She was simply going about her normal business, visiting the shopping centre, and did not expect to receive a terrible volley of abuse relating to her disability.
“The incident occurred in front of shops and near the open market, and close to some parked taxis and bus stops.”
The offender was riding a blue Suzuki motorbike with partial registration ending in ‘RBD’. He is white, aged approximately in his mid-thirties, around 5ft 6ins, with short light sandy blonde-coloured hair.
The verbal attack comes just a week after National Hate Crime Awareness Week, supported by Thames Valley Police.
City officers want to reassure the public that victims of hate crime will be taken seriously and their cases dealt with sensitively and confidentially.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.