Children alleged to have committed hate crimes at York nature reserve

St Nicholas Fields in York. Photograph: Richard McDougall
18 Aug 2020 @ 9.13 pm
| Crime

Children as young as ten are said to have been involved in a hate crime incident in York.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about the incident near the nature reserve office buildings at St Nicholas Fields at around 4pm on Saturday (15 August).

It involved a group including two girls aged around 10 and two boys aged 13 or 14 who were on bikes.

One of the girls was wearing a pink hooded top and one of the boys was wearing a black Nike hooded top.

It is alleged that one of the girls made a homophobic comment to two victims.

The boys are alleged to have made further homophobic comments before throwing a full plastic bottle at one of the victims, narrowly missing him.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

“In particular, we are appealing for information that may assist in identifying the young people involved.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Andrew Muir
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
Email Andrew Muir here
Quote reference number 12200143329