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Police release CCTV image following racially aggravated assault in Horley

Police appeal for information after the incident in Horley.



Surrey Police are appealing for any information from the public which will help them in identifying two men spotted on CCTV in connection with a racially aggravated assault in Horley. 

The incident took place on Saturday 15 September at around 12.15am when the victim was walking from Horley train station.

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Two men unknown to the victim approached him in Consort Way. One of the men reportedly started shouting racially abusive comments at him before attempting to punch him in the face.

The victim ran off towards The Airfield Tavern and was followed by the men. One of the men then punched the victim causing him to suffer a cut to his lip.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said:

“We would like to identify the two men in this image, as they may have information that can assist with our inquiries.

“The two men are described as: white, 6 feet tall, medium build with short hair and wearing shorts” and, “white, 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing jeans and a checked shirt”.

Police ask anyone with any information or anyone who saw someone matching one of these descriptions in the area, to call 101 quoting reference number PR/ 45180099041.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police added: “If you are a victim or witness of hate crime, please contact Surrey Police on 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

“If you don’t want to speak to police, you can report hate crimes to our partner agency Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625.”



Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.



Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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