Officers are appealing for witnesses and information following a hate incident in South Oxhey.
On Wednesday April 27, at around 9pm, the victim was subjected to homophobic verbal abuse while standing outside of Londis in Little Oxhey Lane.
There were two alleged offenders, who were both white teenage boys. One was believed to be around 13 years old and was roughly 5ft 2ins tall, and the other was believed to be around 17 years old. They were also with a white woman.
PCSO Ross Huegdon said: “This incident has understandably left the victim shaken up. We have already conducted extensive enquiries, and are now turning to the public to ask for their help. If you witnessed the incident, or if you have any information, please get in touch. Even something that may seem minor or insignificant could be key to progressing our investigation.
“Hertfordshire is generally a safe and tolerant county, like anywhere else, crimes and incidents motivated by hatred can occur. We have specially trained hate crime officers, who work to tackle and challenge these incidents, educate people and support those who have been affected.
“Hate crimes include assaults, threats or acts of vandalism, or any other crime committed against someone because of their disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation. Hate crimes and incidents can have a severe impact on the victim and on the wider community in which they occur and will absolutely not be tolerated in Hertfordshire. Any incidents reported to police will be taken seriously and dealt with sensitively. Please, don’t ignore hate – report it.”