Man tried to rip hijab off woman’s head in Oxford Street race hate attack


Woman ordered to remove hijab in Oxford Street race hate attack

A woman was ordered to remove her hijab in Oxford Street (Picture: Alamy)

A woman was attacked on Oxford Street when a man tried to rip her hijab off her head.

The woman, who is in her 40s, was on her own at 8.15am on October 4 when she was approached by the man.

He repeatedly told her to remove her hijab, but when she refused he became increasingly aggressive.

Charlotte Stanbridge who was asked to leave a changing room at fashion store Zara when she tried to breastfeed her baby Teddy. See National News story NNFEED: A young mum was left livid after staff in a high-street clothing store told her she could not breastfeed her baby in their changing rooms - and told her to go to a grotty toilet. Charlotte Stanbridge, 21, was shopping in Zara with baby Teddy, seven months old, when she asked staff if she could take him into the changing room to feed him. But the shop assistant at the Bournemouth, Dorset, branch told her to take him to the toilet in a nearby Costa Coffee instead. Stay-at-home mum Charlotte said: Zara “told mother she couldn”t use changing rooms to breastfeed baby”

He grabbed the headscarf and tried to force it off but despite managing to unpin it he did not succeed in removing it.

Police are now investigating, including looking at CCTV from the area, and described it as an ‘Islamophobic hate crime’.

They said that the man ran off towards Marble Arch leaving the woman distressed but not injured.

He was described as being white, aged between 30 and 40 with short black greased back hair. He was around 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt and light blue jeans.

Detective Sergeant Steve Stamp said: ‘This was an unprovoked and hate filled attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street. The woman was targeted by this suspect purely based on what she was wearing.

‘Racially and religiously motivated crimes will not be tolerated I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack to contact police. ‘

Anyone with information is asked to contact Westminster Police via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.