POLICE are appealing for information after reports a man shouted racial slurs at a bus full of people.

The racially aggravated offence was believed to have happened in Halstead earlier this month.

A police spokesman said: “It is believed that a man attempted to board a bus in the High Street at around 4pm on Monday, September 2.

“When he was refused entry, it is alleged that he used racial slurs at several people on board.

“A 51-year-old man from Colchester was arrested on suspicion of three public order offences, assault, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.

“He has since been released pending further investigation.

“We would encourage anyone who was on the bus at the time, or who witnessed the incident, to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/140973/19.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.