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6 April 2016, 15:13
Man In "Hate Crime" Video Sought By Police
After footage of an apparent hate crime that saw a Muslim woman called "Batman", police have confirmed they're still trying to identify the man involved.
The Muslim woman at the centre of the latest viral "hate crime" video has told LBC that women like her face abuse every day.
25-year-old Ahlam Saed says she was in the Shepherd's Bush shop when a row broke out between her and another shopper. We've cropped two children - who the man says are his kids - out of the clip, but the original video shows them visibly upset as the man grows more aggressive.
Police said today that they've interviewed a man but no arrests have been made and enquiries continue.
Saed told LBC's Tom Swarbrick this kind of incident happens frequently to Muslim women and she published the video online to highlight the issue.
"Men like that always pick on the vulnerable and the elderly as they think they have no voice," she said.
"The only difference is, in this occasion, I recorded it and put it on Facebook. It’s a common factor and we need to tackle it." Watch her interview below.
In the video the man asks her about niqab: "Why do you wear that?".
"How do they know if you're a man or a woman?"
The man also mentions ISIS before other shoppers intervene in the row to stand between the man and woman.
"Record me," he says. "No-one is saying you are [ISIS], he was just a little bit upset...I know it's not your fault."
Detectives say they're urging the man to get in touch so they can speak to him about the incident. He's described as black, 5'8" and is wearing a New York Yankees top in the clip.
It happened on 2nd April at the shop near Shepherd's Bush market.