Man 'tried to hit women in London Islamophobic attack'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man travelling on a London bus shouted Islamophobic abuse at a woman and 'raised his hand as though he was going to hit her'

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Police are investigating two hate crime incidents in London in which a man allegedly spat at and made Islamophobic remarks towards a woman.

The incidents both took place on 23 November. The first occurred at around 9:50am on a route 259 bus on Seven Sisters Road, which joins Holloway with south Tottenham. A man verbally abused a fellow passenger.

According to a spokesperson for the Met Police: “Passengers on the bus intervened after the man, who made Islamophobic remarks to the woman, advanced towards her raising his hand as though he was going to hit her. The bus driver stopped the bus and ordered the man off.”

In a subsequent incident, police were called to a further scene on Seven Sisters Road: “Whereby a 38-year-old man matching the description of the suspect in the first incident allegedly spat at a woman after he had racially abused her and made Islamophobic remarks”, according to a police spokesperson.

The man was arrested on suspicion of religiously and racially aggravated public order offences.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said that the man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

They are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen either incident occur to contact the Community Safety Unit on Haringey Borough via 101, or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.