|West Midlands Police have reported on an incident in Solihull where a man forcibly removed a Muslim woman’s face covering while she was out shopping in the town centre.|
From the West Midlands Police ‘Appeals for Help’ website:
“Police in Solihull have today released CCTV of a man suspected of forcibly removing a Muslim woman's face covering.
“Just after 2pm on Saturday 3 March, the 26-year-old victim was in Touchwood shopping centre and had just walked past the Disney store, when it is alleged the man captured on camera approached her from behind, took hold of her head and removed her face covering.
“As her attacker walked away, he threw the material on the floor and left the shopping centre.
“Although physically unharmed, the woman was left severely shaken by the incident.
“Chief Inspector Kevin Doyle, from Solihull police station, said: "Reports of crimes like this are exceptionally rare both in Solihull and the wider West Midlands.
“"We are treating this incident as a hate crime as we believe the woman was deliberately targeted because of her faith symbolised by her attire.
“"I would urge anyone who recognises the man captured on camera to contact us as a matter of urgency."”
A man was given a 135 day prison sentence for a similar offence which took place last year in a shopping centre in Glenrothes, Scotland, where the culprit pulled a burka from a woman’s face and head whilst she was shopping.
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