Disabled woman abused in Bexhill supermarket

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A disabled woman was subjected to a four-letter tirade from two women in a Bexhill supermarket, as horrified shoppers looked on.

The victim was shopping in Lidl in Ninfield Road, Sidley, on Sunday November 30, when a woman is alleged to have started hurling abuse at her.

One shopper who witnessed the incident, who did not want to be named, said: “A woman started goading this disabled lady with one arm and started mocking her and calling her very disgusting names.

“Surprisingly enough the disabled lady just stood and took it all saying ‘that’s rude and very disrespectful’.

“About ten minutes later an older lady came into the shop, found the disabled lady and started swearing and physically threatening the one-armed lady.”

Police were called to the scene just before 3pm after receiving reports that someone had been verbally abused in the budget supermarket.

The outraged shopper added: “I and others were totally disgusted by what the woman was saying publicly in the shop.

“I think these types of people should not be allowed on the streets.”

Two women, aged 32 and 39, both from Bexhill, have been interviewed by officers about the incident.

Sussex Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Sussex Police’s hate crime coordinator, Matt West, said: “We proactively investigate all reports of hate crime and encourage the public to report such incidences, so we can support them.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident in Lidl on November 30 is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.