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Appeal after man spat at and racially abused by woman in Erith newsagent

Police want to trace this woman  (Met Police)
Police want to trace this woman (Met Police)

A man was assaulted, spat at and racially abused by a woman as he tried to break up a disagreement she was having with a shop worker in south-east London.

Police on Monday released an image of a woman they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which happened at a newsagent in Brook Street, Belvedere, Erith.

The 55-year-old victim entered the store around 4.40pm on Friday, August 11, when he noticed a woman was “in dispute” with a member of staff.

“The victim attempted to intervene to calm the situation, at which point he was allegedly repeatedly assaulted, spat at and racially abused by the woman,” a Scotland Yard spokesperson said on Monday.

“The woman then left the scene.”

Police officers carried out an “extensive” search of the area with the victim, but the woman could not be found.

“The victim did not suffer any serious injuries but was understandably shaken by the incident,” the police spokesperson added.

“Officers have been following enquiries and are now turning to the public to help identify her.”

Anyone who can identify the woman in the picture is asked to call 101 or post @MetCC ref CAD 5023/11 Aug.

To remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.