TWO staff members at a takeaway in Widnes have been assaulted and racially abused in what is being treated as hate crimes.

Two unknown men entered the premises on Warrington Road at around 7.30pm on Saturday. After ordering food, they began arguing with the staff.

The offenders then assaulted and racially abused two men working at the takeaway before fleeing on foot in the direction of Castle Street.

The victims both sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Sergeant Lee Connor, from Widnes Local Policing Unit said: “To be assaulted and racially abused at work, or anywhere else for that matter, is completely unacceptable.

“I would like to reassure the Widnes community that we are determined to establish who committed these abhorrent offences and bring them to justice.

“We know that there were people in cars in the area outside the takeaway at the time of the incident. We also want to speak to anyone who believes that they may know who the offenders are.”

Inspector Becky Stokes, also of Widnes LPU, added: “We take reports of hate crime extremely seriously at Cheshire Constabulary.

“We are aware of the significant emotional and personal impact hate crimes have on victims and within our communities.

“I wish to send out a message of reassurance that those who commit hate crimes will be prosecuted robustly and those found guilty of such offences will rightly find themselves facing harsher sentences to reflect their despicable behaviour.”

One of the offenders was white, around 6ft 4ins tall and looked to be aged in his 20s. He had a large build and was wearing a grey top and grey shorts.

The other one was black and approximately 6ft tall. He had dark curly hair and was wearing a blue top and grey jogging bottoms.

Anyone with information or footage that may be relevant to the ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting the incident number 20000344441 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.