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Racist thug hunted after punching black woman

POLICE in Leeds are hunting a violent racist who smashed a teenage black woman in the face after shouting foul abuse at her.

Georgia James, 19, who has lived in Leeds all her life, had ended her shift at a city-centre hotel and was walking to a relative’s home when the attack took place on Saturday at 6.20pm.

A white man, said to be about 30, began swearing and shouting racist abuse at her.

“Then he asked me what I was doing in this city and [said] I didn’t belong here,” she said. “Then he hit me hard, punched me in the face. I was shocked and couldn’t believe what was happening.

“I was scared he might do something else or come back so I sat down and some people came to help me and I want to thank them.”

Ms James’s face was bruised and swollen, she suffered a bruised arm and received hospital treatment.

Her father Lutel is a youth and community worker in the city.

“It is 2014 and Leeds is a thriving multicultural city. It is unbelievable this could happen,” he said.

Police said the assailant was wearing a blue top and Nike hat.

Inspector Andy Briggs said: “This was a serious incident in which a young woman has been subjected to an abhorrent verbal attack and physically assaulted.

“We are treating this assault as racially motivated. Such behaviour is unacceptable and I’d ask anyone who can help to contact North East Leeds neighbourhood policing team on 101.”

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