Woman has hijab ripped from her face in race-hate attack in London

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A woman has had her hijab pulled down in a racially-motivated assault on a busy street.

The victim, in her 20s, was not injured but was shocked and distressed by what happened, Scotland Yard said.

She was walking along High Road in Tottenham, north London, with a woman friend at around 7.30pm on Wednesday September 28 when the attack happened.

As they crossed the road by The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, she was approached from behind by two men.

The Metropolitan Police said one of them pulled down the hijab she was wearing before both made off towards Pelham Road.

Police in Haringey are appealing for witnesses and information.

The first suspect is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, with blonde or ginger shaved hair and stubble.

Police said he was about 5ft 6in, wearing a burgundy coloured hooded top and carrying a Tesco bag in his right hand.

The second suspect was of Mediterranean appearance, in his late 20s or early 30s and clean shaven, with spiky hair. He wore a grey hooded top.

Detective Constable Ben Cousin of Haringey Community Safety Unit said: "This was a shocking attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street.

"Racially and religiously-motivated crimes will not be tolerated. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack to contact the police. "

Anyone with information is asked to contact Haringey Police via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.