Police are appealing for a man who they believe witnessed an incident of racist abuse in Barnstaple to come forward.

Police believe this man witnessed a hate incident in Barnstaple.Police believe this man witnessed a hate incident in Barnstaple.

They believe the man (pictured) witnessed the incident, which occurred in Boutport Street on Wednesday, January 10 between 9.45pm and 10pm.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was subject to racial abuse as he walked down the road near the Olive Branch pub.

Police believe the man may have information which is vital to the investigation.

Anyone who recognises him, or has any information about the incident, is asked to contact police on 101@dc.police or by calling 101, quoting crime reference CR/003413/18