POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a hate crime involving a blind man.

The incident took place at around 10am on Saturday, September 15 on County Bridge between Norton and Malton.

A police spokesperson said: "A blind male was walking with his guide dog and his path was purposefully blocked by a member of the public. The offender was male with a local accent and was repeatedly verbally abusive to the victim in regards to his disability. There was also a child with the offender and both had bicycles with them.

"We are interested in identifying the offender; we are also appealing for a potential witness to come forward who spoke to the victim following the incident who offered him reassurance and seemed to know who the offender was"

If you have any information which could help with this investigation please contact 101 quoting job number 0366 of 15th September 2018