A TEENAGE girl was brutally punched in the face and suffered a torrent of racist abuse in the city centre as she walked home from work.
Georgia James, 19. from Chapel Allerton, had finished work at a city centre hotel and was walking to a relative’s house, on Saturday at 6.20pm.
She said as she approached the Mecca Bingo, a white man, who was described as clean and smart, suddenly started hurling abuse at her.
Georgia, who was born and brought up in Leeds, said: “He started shouting abusive racist names at me and swearing. Then he asked what I was doing in this city and I didn’t belong here and then he hit me hard, punched me in the face. I was shocked and couldn’t believe it was happening.
“I was scared he might do something else or come back so I sat down and some people came to help me and I want to thank them.”
Georgia suffered a bruised and swollen face and went to hospital for checks. She also had a bruised arm.
Police are treating the incident as racially aggravated assault and want to speak to anyone with any information.
Georgia’s father Lutel Lames, who is a youth and community worker in Leeds, said he was ‘disappointed’ and angry: “It is 2014 and Leeds is a thriving multi-cultural city, it is unbelievable this could happen.”
The suspect is described as a white man, aged 30 years old, and wearing a blue top and a Nike hat.
Inspector Andy Briggs said: “This was a serious incident in which a young woman has been subjected to an abhorrent verbal attack and physically assaulted. “We are treating this assault as racially motivated. Such behaviour is unacceptable and I’d ask anyone who can help to contact North East Leeds NPT on 101.”