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Police appeal after lone woman is allegedly racially abused on Hampstead Heath by four men

PUBLISHED: 10:45 02 June 2020 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 June 2020

Police wish to speak with these two men, part of a group of four, over the reported incident. Picture: Met Police

Police wish to speak with these two men, part of a group of four, over the reported incident. Picture: Met Police

Met Police

Police are appealing to identify four men after a woman was allegedly racially abused on Hampstead Heath on May 24.

Hamda Issa-Salwe, 26, was walking past Highgate Men's Bathing Pond when she says she was called a Hamda Issa-Salwe, 26, was walking past Highgate Men's Bathing Pond when she says she was called a "gorilla". Picture: Hamda Issa-Salwe

Hamda Issa-Salwe, 26, was walking near the Highgate No. 1 Pond to celebrate Eid at 9pm when she was approached by a group of four young men.

After she refused to stop, the group allegedly hurled a “torrent” of racial insults at her such as “fat gorilla” and “black gorilla”.

Hamda was upset and shocked by the attack but she was able to capture footage of the suspects as they walked away.

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The 26-year-old said the incident ruined Eid, her “special day” which would normally be spent celebrating the end of Ramadan surrounded by family and friends.

She called the incident a “violation”, saying: “I just want them to know what they did isn’t funny, it’s not cool and that it’s disgusting.”

Detective Sergeant Sam O’Callaghan said: “For four men to verbally attack a lone female is beyond cowardly.

“The incident has left the victim shaken and nervous of being outside alone.

“If you can name any of the males shown in the images, or if you witnessed the incident but haven’t yet spoken with police, please contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact Camden police on 101 quoting 2313537/20, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.


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