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Detectives are progressing an investigation following reports of a religiously-aggravated assault in Chigwell.
Officers attended Limes Avenue shortly after 1.15pm on Sunday May 16, after a man in his 30s had been assaulted.
It is believed that two teenagers stepped out in front of the victim’s vehicle whilst he was driving, they shouted at him and spoke in a derogatory way about his religion before going on to damage his car.
When he got out of his car to confront them, he was attacked with an unknown object causing him to require hospital treatment.
During the attack the victim’s phone was also stolen.
The two boys – believed to be aged between 15 and 18 – are believed to have left the scene on foot. They have both been described as being of Asian ethnicity, one was 5ft 9ins tall and wore his hair in an Afro-style and the other was described as being 5ft 7ins tall. Both wore black jackets and the latter wore grey tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Loughton CID on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/92174/21.
If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.