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Police Hunting For Man With Swastika On Forehead Who Used Makeshift Flamethrower On Aboriginal Mum

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Police Hunting For Man With Swastika On Forehead Who Used Makeshift Flamethrower On Aboriginal Mum

Western Australia Police are hunting for a man who used a makeshift flamethrower in a racially motivated attack.

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The shocking incident happened in the Perth suburb of Gosnells at a shopping centre carpark.

Authorities have seen security footage capturing the moment a man with a Nazi symbol incorrectly painted on his forehead used a deodorant can and a gas lighter on an Aboriginal mum and her daughter.

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Police say the man attacked the pair purely because they were indigenous.

Detective Senior Sergeant Sean Bell said: "The comments were that vile, they don't bear worth repeating.

"Any assault on a mother and her daughter simply going about their lawful business trying to get something to eat for dinner is atrocious.

"But when you add in the racial element it's certainly not tolerated by society and we treat it very seriously.

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"This type of behaviour is not acceptable and is not tolerated within our community. We have allocated all of our available resources to locate this man.

"Someone in the community knows who this person is and we are asking that member of the community to contact us and assist in identifying this person."

The 40-year-old mum suffered burns to her arm and thankfully the daughter wasn't injured in the attack.

Police have released a description of the wanted man and say he's fair skinned, around 40 years old and approximately 175cm tall.

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They add that on the day he was wearing a black button-up long sleeve shirt, black baggy trousers and an oversized red necktie. He had a white swastika painted on his forehead.

Featured Image Credit: Western Australia Police

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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