Man held after 'racist' assault
A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in connection with a racist attack on a 34-year-old man in Cheltenham town centre.
The victim had an open can of drink thrown at him, was insulted about the colour of his skin and sworn at.
The 22-year-old, who lives in Cheltenham, was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and assault and bailed to return to the police station on November 7.
Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
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A spokeswoman said: "At around 2.45pm yesterday, officers were called to the High Street, outside Poundland, to reports that a man had shouted a racist insult at a 34-year-old local man before throwing an open can of drink at him and assaulting him. The victim was not seriously injured."
Witnesses are being asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 237 of September 24 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting crimestoppers-uk.org
Father-of-three Roby Mekkara, from Whaddon Road, was the subject of a string of racist attacks when he first arrived in the town.
He said: "People should be educated about race. Racism is a little better in Cheltenham but someone threw an object at my window last week. That's not the way people should behave."