A student was attacked in an allegedly racist assault in Norwich.

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Ashwin Patel said he was attacked at a taxi firm on Prince of Wales Road as he made his way home from a Christmas night out.

The 21-year-old said he was called a racist name and punched in the face by another man at Courtesy Taxis.

Police have issued a photo of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the alleged incident.

Mr Patel, who is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Essex in Colchester, said: “It was a shock.”

Mr Patel, who had been drinking in Wonderland, was waiting for a taxi with a friend between 3am and 4am on Saturday, December 22, when the incident occurred.

“I stood up and said come and say that to my face,” he said. “He then stood up. He gave me more verbal abuse and he punched me on the nose. “His mate then pushed in between the two of us to stop the confrontation.

“I went downstairs to report it to the police and found a police officer on Prince of Wales Road.”

Ashwin’s mother took him to A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital the next day. “The day after I was repeatedly sick,” he said. “I went to A&E and I had an operation on January 3 to straighten my nose. It was a bit crooked.”

Mr Patel, who was born and brought up in Norwich and went to school at Sprowston High, said he had never been the victim of a racist attack in the city before.

He has also put in a complaint to Norfolk police concerning an officer’s alleged reaction to the incident.

A police spokesman said: “We are continuing to investigate this assault with a number of lines of inquiry being followed. No arrests have been made at this time.

“A complaint has been received concerning this incident with an investigation being carried out by the Professional Standards Department, and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Anyone with information or who recognises the man pictured should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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