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Appeal after vulnerable man abused

News   •   May 24, 2016 20:48 BST

Police are investigating a number of incidents that have resulted from a customer being abused by a member of staff at a takeaway restaurant in Barking. 

On Thursday, 19 May, a member of staff was alleged to have abused a vulnerable adult who was a customer at the premises. The incident was filmed and uploaded onto social media. 

This member of staff was dismissed by the owner of the premises who subsequently apologised to the public for how his employee had treated the customer.

The incident was reported to police on Saturday, 21 May and enquiries are ongoing to trace the former staff member involved.

Police are requesting that he contact them so that the matter can be dealt with. Officers would also like to hear from anyone with further information regarding the original incident.

As a result of this incident, there have been offences committed against the owner of the restaurant which are also now under investigation. These relate specifically to graffiti and smashed windows. 

Inquiries by officers from Barking and Dagenham have established that the owner and his current staff were not involved in the initial incident.

The owner has taken action by dismissing the member of staff and has apologised for the actions of his ex-employee.

Police would ask the public to respect this and allow the investigation into all of the allegations to continue.