Hit-and-run attack was 'racially motivated'

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A man is to undergo surgery for a broken leg after being injured by a hit-and-run driver in Burnley in what police are describing as a racially-motivated attack.

A man is to undergo surgery for a broken leg after being injured by a hit-and-run driver in Burnley in what police are describing as a racially-motivated attack.

The incident was the only major flashpoint on a quiet night in the town after three nights of clashes between whites and Asians.

Police said the man was walking with a friend on Tuesday night when a car containing four Asian men pulled alongside, and there was some racial taunting.

The car initially drove away but then turned round and drove towards the men, one managed to jump out of the way, but the other was hit.

Detective Superintendent Paul Buschini said: "This was a very dangerous incident and the victim suffered a broken leg, but he could have been much more seriously injured or even killed"

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