Hunt for vile man who 'pooed' in Azeem Rafiq’s garden in 'racially motivated attack' against ex-cricketer | The Sun

POLICE have launched a hate crime investigation after a man pooed in the garden of cricketer Azeem Rafiq.

The ex-bowler was targeted at his home in Barnsley on October 5.

Police have launched a probe as say they are treating the incident as racially motivated.

They have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following the horror.

South Yorkshire Police said: "Our Barnsley team is looking to identify the man pictured, in connection with a reported hate crime.

"At 6.18pm on 5 October, it’s reported that a man defecated in the front garden of an address.

"It is believed that the incident, which is classed as a public order offence, is racially motivated.

"We are looking to speak to this man as we believe he could help us progress our enquiries."

Rafiq was at the centre of a racism storm after claiming he was targeted with abuse while playing at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

His dramatic testimony led to a clear-out of the Yorkshire coaching structure and board, with the county now headed by Lord Patel.

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Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting reference number 726 of 12 October 2022.

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