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Yobs hurl rock and ‘transphobic’ abuse at woman who challenged them

A woman was hit with a stone and suffered ‘transphobic’ abuse after challenging a gang of youths behaving aggressively at a supermarket.

The group pushed a trolley into a flower display and were ‘acting aggressive and threatening ‘before the victim tried intervening and was subsequently assaulted at the Telford shop, West Mercia Police said.

The force said it was treating the incident ‘very seriously’ and appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

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It took place on Grange Avenue, in the Stirchley area of the Shropshire town, at around 5.40pm last Thursday.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “Officers are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Stirchley, Telford.

“It happened around 5.40pm on Thursday n Grange Avenue when the victim was outside a supermarket and noticed a group of teenagers, who she believed were acting in an anti-social way.

“She reported that they were pushing a trolley into a display of flowers inside the shop and were verbally aggressive and threatening.

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“They also threw a stone at the victim when she challenged them.”

PC Sian Evans added: “We like to hear from anyone who saw this group to please get in touch with us and this type of behaviour is distressing for the local community.

“It is also reported that comments of a transphobic nature were made towards the victim. We take reports of this type very seriously and would ask anyone with information to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked report it online via the West Mercia Police website or call 101, quoting incident 499i of November 25.

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