A store worker was subjected to disgusting racist abuse at a petrol station in Accrington.
The man, who says he is from Oswaldtwistle, allegedly launched into a barrage of abuse and began to throw contents off the counter and damage the counter display, hurling objects including the store’s computer.
During the whole incident the shop worker tries in vain to pick up the displays and contents from the counter as the man continues his vile rant.
The incident happened on Monday (20 September) at the Texaco Petrol Station on Hyndburn Road and was recorded on the shop’s CCTV.
In the video seen by Asian Image the man, having bought a pack of lager, can be seen remonstrating with the shop worker.
He says: “F****** coronavirus b*******. I am from this town – I am from Oswaldtwistle and you have ruined it.”
The shop worker stays calm and tries his best to pick up the contents thrown from the counter
The customer proceeds to damage the Covid protector screen and throws contents off the counter and shouts, “You f***** P***. You f******* ruin everything. You f****** refugees.”
He then kicks more displays saying ‘You f***** record that’ and calls the shop worker a ‘Taliban’.
Police said a 34-year-old man has been arrested and released under investigation.
A police spokesperson said: “We were called in the early hours of Monday morning (Sept 20) after concerned members of the public rang us about a man being abusive to a shopkeeper in the Texaco Garage on Hyndburn Road in Accrington.
“Officers attended and arrested a 34-year-old local man on suspicion of racially aggravated section 39 assault and criminal damage. We are now carrying out some further enquiries and speaking to the Crown Prosecution Service.
“We know that the video has been widely shared and we recognise the distress that it’s caused.
“Everyone in our county should be allowed to live their lives free from harassment and the fear of hate crime.
“Hate crime causes great distress to its victims and we are committed to investigating all crimes and incidents motivated by hate, supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice.”
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact police on 101 quoting log 0132 of Sept 20th.