'Hate crime' investigated.
POLICE are investigating a suspected hate crime after a man is alleged to have abused a mother and her partner on a bus.
Officers received a report of a public order offence on Frederick Street, Sunderland, at 1.15pm on May 17.
It was alleged that a man had abused a mother and her partner while waiting for a bus, making reference to their nationality.
The man continued to insult the pair when they were on the bus, it was reported.
An investigation was launched, and as part of their enquiries, officers have now released an image of a man (left) they would like to speak to.
He was known to have been in the area at the time.
The man, or anyone who recognises him, is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 1315 170519 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.