CHILDREN playing in the street were subjected to racial abuse from a man on a bike.
Police are trying to track down the person responsible for the vile language aimed at four youngsters in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool.
The incident happened at around 6.50pm on Tuesday.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police are appealing for information regarding an incident of verbal abuse in Hartlepool which is believed to be racially aggravated.
“Four children were playing in the street when a man on a pedal cycle went past and shouted racial abuse at them.”
The man is described as having black hair and was wearing a black tracksuit. His bike was black and white.
Any witnesses or people with information about the incident is asked to contact PC Jon Embleton, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.