A man tried to pull off a Muslim woman’s headscarf while she walked along Oxford Street in what police are treating as another Islamophobic hate crime .
The victim was left uninjured but shocked and distressed by the incident, which happened on October 4.
She had been walking unaccompanied along the busy road at around 8.15am when she was approached by a man who repeatedly told her to remove her hijab.
When she refused, the man became more aggressive and grabbed the woman’s headscarf, attempting to rip it off her head.
The victim, who is in her 40s, managed to get away, while the man, who managed to unpin the hijab but not remove it, made off towards Marble Arch.
The suspect is described as white, aged between 30-40 years, with short black greased-back hair. He is approximately 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build, and was wearing a grey sweatshirt and light blue jeans.
Police are looking at CCTV footage as part of their investigation.
Detective Sergeant Steve Stamp of Westminster’s Community Safety Unit said: “This was an unprovoked and hate-filled attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street. The woman was targeted by this suspect purely based on what she was wearing.
“ Racially and religiously motivated crimes will not be tolerated . I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack to contact police. “
Anyone with information is asked to contact Westminster Police via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.