A masked man suspected of throwing a large piece of raw bacon at an Asian petrol station attendant in Wigan has been caught on CCTV.
A man had run into the Pemberton Service Station on Ormskirk Road at around 4.30am on Monday when he threw the bacon.
The man then fled toward up Ormskirk Road toward Orrell and police are now treating the incident as a racially motivated attack.
Police Constable Roy Lunio said: “Because of the connotations attached to the meat and the fact it was deliberately thrown at a Asian man, we are treating this as a racially motivated crime.
“To target someone in this way, simply because of their religion or race, is utterly abhorrent and the offender should be ashamed of themself. This is not a prank, this is not funny or a laugh, it is a very serious and cowardly thing to do and we need to trace him.”
The offender is described as being white, about 5ft 8in tall, of a medium build and with short dark hair.
He was wearing a bright green and black chequered snood covering the lower part of his face and head, a black jacket with two white stripes down each arm and a white line under the arms, baggy light blue jeans and dark trainers with white laces and a white rim around the bottom.
PC Lunio added: “I would urge people to look carefully at the CCTV image and if you think you recognise the offender, please come forward.
“Similarly, if you know the culprit and you hear him bragging about what he has done, do the right thing and call us. We cannot allow members of our community to be targeted in this racist way, so please do what is right and come forward.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.