Hate crime CCTV appeal after woman wearing hijab targeted in city centre

Merseyside Police have released images of a man and a woman they believe could assist with their investigation.

Detectives are investigating a hate crime after a woman wearing a hijab was reportedly spat at in Liverpool city centre.

A man also allegedly grabbed the victim’s hijab.

Sign up to our LiverpoolWorld Today newsletter

At around 17:05 on Wednesday, 5 January, it was reported that a female victim was a approached by a man and a woman at Liverpool One bus station on Paradise Street, near to John Lewis and the Hilton Hotel.

The man is said to have grabbed the victim’s hijab and attempted to engage her in conversation, asking her where she was from and speaking in Arabic.

Police want to speak with this man to assist investigations. Image: Merseyside Police

The victim reported that when she got on the bus a short while later, there was saliva on the back of her hijab, which she believes was the result of the man or woman spitting at her.  

Police said the victim was left shaken by the incident. 

Following enquiries, officers have released images of a man and a woman they believe could assist with their investigation. 

Police have released this picture of a woman they want to speak to. Image: Merseyside Police

Detective Inspector Steven O’Neill said: “We believe that the man and woman pictured may have vital information to assist our enquires so if you recognise them, please come forward. 

“It is utterly abhorrent to spit at someone and our investigations are ongoing to find those responsible. 

“We are treating this incident as a hate crime and I would urge anyone who was at the bus stop and may have witnessed the incident, to come forward. 

“Liverpool has a reputation for being a welcoming, friendly city. There is no place for hate and at Merseyside Police and we simply will not tolerate abuse towards people based on their race or religion. 

“If you recognise the man and woman pictured, or have any information, then please get in touch and we will do the rest.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre with reference 22000011742.

You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form.