Thug tries to snatch Muslim woman’s veil

Police are searching for a cyclist who tried to pull a Muslim woman’s face veil off as he rode past her. The woman was targeted as she walked with her family to Leicester’s Victoria Park.

The family walked from Holmfield Road into London Road and was waiting to cross toward the park when two men on bikes rode toward them. As they passed one of the men reached out and grabbed the woman’s veil. She managed to push him away and the men rode away.

The attack happened at 6.50pm on Sunday, May 26. Both cyclists are white and who are thought to be in their early-20s. One is of slim build and has short, fair hair.

Pc Nick Golden said: “This was a shocking incident for the victim. This took place in broad daylight and there may have been other people around at the time, in particular passing motorists. If you witnessed the incident or you know who may be responsible we would urge you to contact us. Any calls received will be treated in confidence.”

Contact Pc Golden on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Leicester Mercury, 11 June 2013