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Police hunt man who told woman in Islamic dress she didn't belong in Wye

By KentOnline reporter

A man who told a woman wearing traditional Islamic dress she didn't belong in a village is being hunted by police.

The 32-year-old woman was outside a shop in Churchfield Way, Wye, when she was approached by the man at around 3pm on March 19.

The man, who doesn't know her, allegedly said: "This is a Christian village. You don't belong here. You shouldn't be dressed like that".

Police have released this image after an alleged hate crime in Wye

Police have released this image after an alleged hate crime in Wye

When the woman told his she was English he said she wasn't, and made a cross symbol with his hands.

Now police are treating the exchange as a hate crime.

The suspect is said to be white, aged 50 to 60 years, slim and wearing a dark-coloured beanie hat.

He was also wearing a dark-coloured jacket, purple trousers, black boots and gloves.

Anyone who can help police identify this man is asked to contact PC Daniel Toner on 01233 896232, quoting reference number SI/ZY/002241/14.

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