We are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked by three people in Camberley.
Police were called around 1.30am this morning (22 May) with reports that the victim, a man in his 20s, had been assaulted.
The victim, who had left his home address around 12.20am was attacked on the mini roundabout which connects Southwell Park Road and Park Street after asking for a lighter.
The assailants hurled abuse towards him before hitting him, causing the victim to suffer a 3cm cut to the top of his head and lose consciousness. The victim attended hospital as a result of the attack but has subsequently been discharged.
The suspects were described as three white men, aged mid-20s to early 30s. One of them was wearing a baseball cap, pale jeans and a pale top.
Investigating officer, DC Anne Simpson said: “We are treating this as a hate crime because of the abuse the victim suffered prior to the attack.
“We are asking people to get in touch with us if they saw or heard anything in the area around the Atrium between 12.30am and 1.15am.
“Any information you have, even if it was three men acting suspiciously in the area before or after the attack, will help us with our investigation.”
Inspector Bob Darkens, Borough Commander for Surrey Heath, added: “I want to reassure the local community that hate crime, of any category, will not be tolerated by the police.
“I would urge anyone, if they have been a victim of hate crime, to report it to us and we will seek to locate the perpetrators, arrest them and put them before the courts.
“Incidents of this nature are, thankfully, rare in Surrey but we consider one instance to be one too many.”
Officers investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses or information from anyone who has any information about the incident, to contact them on 101 or online at https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ quoting PR/45190052912.
You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Hate crime will not be tolerated in Surrey. Surrey’s profile of hate crime is constantly developing and we rely on those affected coming forward and making reports.
Victims having the confidence in both themselves and us to make reports is incredibly important if we are to know the true extent of hate crime in our county
If you have been a victim of hate crime yourself, please make a report, either by calling 101, 999 in an emergency, call the Stop Hate UK helpline on 0800 138 1625 or download the Surrey Stop Hate UK app on the Apple and Google app stores.
Please don’t suffer in silence.