A Muslim woman driving a car in the Rotherham area was threatened by men with a gun and had her car attacked in a ‘targeted and particularly malicious’ incident.
Organisation Tell MAMA, which measures anti-Islamic attacks in the UK, said the incident in Swinton on Friday, May 27 appeared to be ‘an anti-Muslim hate crime’ involving two men on a motorbike.
A spokesman for Tell MAMA said the woman was wearing a hijab while driving her BMW in Warren Vale, at the Swinton roundabout at around 2pm.
“The victim received anti-Muslim abuse as she was driving before a firearm was allegedly pulled out by the perpetrators,” the spokesman said.
The rear window of the car was then smashed but police do not believe the gun was fired. The force is treating the incident as a hate crime.
The Tell MAMA spokesman added the incident is the latest anti-Muslim attack in Rotherham since the town became ‘synonymous’ with the grooming scandal.
“Given the fact that community tensions have risen and fallen with some intensity in Rotherham in the last 24 months, the latest incident will do nothing to reduce tensions and perceptions within local communities,” the spokesman said.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.