Asian man ‘targeted for his appearance’ in Lincoln assault

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after an Asian man was assaulted in front of his family inside a Lincoln health surgery.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was in the Newland Health Centre between 5.15pm and 5.30pm on Friday, January 22 when he was assaulted by another man inside the lift and on the ground floor.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime as they “believe that the victim was targeted because of his appearance”.

The man did not sustain serious injuries in the attack.

One person has been arrested on suspicion of assault but the force is appealing for anyone inside the centre at the time to contact PC Graham Lawrence, who is investigating the case.

Inspector Suzanne Davies, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “Hate crime will not be tolerated by Lincolnshire Police and we are working closely with the victim and the community to provide reassurance and bring the offenders to justice.

“If you or anyone you know has been a victim of hate crime, please have the confidence, as this gentleman has, to report it to us.

“You can either contact Lincolnshire Police direct on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 353 of January 22, or Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625.”