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A teenage boy has been left fearful follwing the incident on 2 January.

Police are appealing for information following a homophobic public order incident.
The crime is reported to have occurred in Westbrook Avenue, Margate between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Monday, 2 January 2017.
It is reported a 15-year-old boy was walking along the road when a black transit van passed him and one of the occupants shouted homophobic abuse. The boy ignored him and continued to walk, it is then said the van turned down Westonville Avenue and passed the boy for a second time, again someone in the van shouted homophobic abuse. The boy continued walking and the van is said to have cut across his path and an occupant began filming him on a mobile phone before the boy managed to get away.

The matter is being investigated by PC Samuel Lay who said: ‘This incident has left the victim in fear and he is now worried about walking to school on his own. This kind of behaviour is simply unacceptable and I would ask anyone with information to come forward. It may be that the suspects have uploaded their mobile phone images onto a social network site, have you seen it? Can you help us identify those involved in this allegation?’

Can you help?

If you have any information that may help police with this enquiry please contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference ZY/000412/17.

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