Police seek witnesses to reported hate crime in Honiton where it is alleged a man was attacked verbally with ‘transphobic comments’

Police are investigating an allegation a man was attacked verbally with transphobic comments in the street in Honiton, prompting an appeal for witnesses.

Officers investigating a report of a hate crime said a man in his 20s was ‘verbally abused’ and ‘alleged transphobic comments’ were made at around 2pm outside St Paul’s Church, in Honiton High Street, on Saturday, August 28.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man in his 30s from the Honiton area was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence then released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police investigating the allegation want to hear from the public if they heard or saw anything.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Police investigating a report of a transphobically-aggravated public order offence in Honiton are appealing for information.

“The incident happened outside of St Paul’s Church, in High Street, at around 2pm on Saturday 28 August.

“It was reported that a man aged in his 20s was verbally abused in the street and it is alleged transphobic comments were made.

“Officers investigating the incident would like to speak with anyone who may have seen or heard anything.”

The spokesman added: “A man aged in his 30s from the Honiton area was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.”

Call police with information on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/074382/21.

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