AN investigation into the racial abuse and assault of a taxi driver last year is ongoing.

The driver was working in the Ordnance Avenue area of Birchwood at 12.45am on Sunday, December 16.

He was verbally abused and kicked in the groin.

A CCTV image has now been released showing a man officers would like to speak to in relation to the incident.

PC James Cotterill said: “We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and will not tolerate hate crime within our community.

“Enquiries in relation to this incident have been ongoing for a number of months and as part of the investigation I am now looking to speak to the man featured in the CCTV image as I believe that he may hold vital information in relation to the investigation.

“I urge the man, or anyone who recognises him, to contact the team here at Warrington on 101.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incidents, or anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image, is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 270246 or go online.

Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of hate crime is encouraged to contact Cheshire Police on 101.

Hate crime can also be reported online via True Vision.