TWO BROMSGROVE children were left shocked and shaken when they were racially abused in the street near the town centre.
The pair – who were 12 and 13 – were walking along the Worcester Road when a car pulled over and the insults were hurled at them at 5.10pm last Thursday (July 14).
Their mum, who does not wish to be named, told The Standard: “I was really shocked when they told me about it because you just don’t expect it.
“It has really affected them a lot – they are too scared to go out in case it happens again.
“I don’t want my children to think that a lot of people are like that because this is just a minority of people but they are still scared – they have been really shaken up by this.”
She added she had lived in Bromsgrove for the last 15 years and nothing like this had happened until recently.
“No one else I speak to can believe it has happened either – we have such lovely friends and neighbours and they are all equally as horrified about the situation.
“I have spoken to the police and they said that there had been a lot more hate crimes reported in the last five weeks – since the Brexit vote.”
A West Mercia Police spokesperson confirmed they were called to the incident between 5.05pm and 5.15pm on July 14.
A spokesperson said officers were currently investigating the incident.
They urged any witnesses to the attack or anyone with any information to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
He also urged anyone else who felt they had been a victim of any form of hate crime to report it to the police.
“Hate crime is not tolerated in West Mercia and our officers are committed to investigating every incident reported to us and bringing offenders to justice,” he added.