An Indian family was racially abused and spat at while waiting at traffic lights in Mansfield, police have said.
The family were waiting at traffic lights on St John’s Street when a white van – possibly a Ford Transit van – pulled up alongside and the three men inside, who were all white, began gesticulating.
The incident happened at around 2.35pm on Friday, July 10.
The father of the family alleges that he then wound his window down only to be met by a torrent of racial abuse. The men then started spitting at the car and at the driver himself.
The van driver then wound up his window, and another man then got out of the van and began punching the window of the car whilst continuing to shout racist abuse.
The offender then returned to the van but used the door to cause damage to the side of the family car.
Pc Lyndon Youd said: “The parents and their very young child are all extremely upset by this unprovoked incident.
“They cannot understand how three men they had never seen before could act so aggressively and use such disgusting language.
“The family are struggling to come to terms with what happened and the incident has left them frightened to go outside.”
The incident took place in the town centre at a time when there were many other vehicles and pedestrians in the area.
PC Youd said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or who has any information which might help us.
“We have checked CCTV footage and, at the time of the incident, traffic was backed up along St John’s Street. This incident must have been witnessed by several members of the public who we would urge to come forward.”
If you think you can help please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 480 of 10 July, 2015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.