Car mounts pavement and mows into pedestrians in race-motivated Christmas attack

Police are appealing for the public's help after a car "deliberately" crashed into pedestrians on Christmas Eve.

Authorities believe the attack could be linked to an earlier incident at a nearby pub.

Police say the collision happened in the Lancashire town of Rawtenstall, around 10 miles north of the Greater Manchester town of Bury, shortly before midnight.

The couple were not seriously injured, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The man and woman were walking in Bacup Road, in Rossendale, Lancashire when a blue Volkswagen Golf mounted the pavement, crashed into them and drove off around 11.30pm, Rossendale Police said.

In a statement on Facebook , a police spokesman said: "Earlier in the evening the couple had been verbally assaulted at a nearby pub and it is believed this incident is linked to the first one, and is possibly racially-motivated.

"Luckily neither the man nor the woman were seriously injured."

DC Melissa Chadwick, of Burnley CID, said police are appealing to anyone who may have been a witness or driving through the area at the time to get in touch.

"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has dashcam footage of it, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who may have been driving the car.

"Thankfully the couple weren't seriously injured but clearly this incident could have been a lot more serious and we need to find those responsible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Burnley CID on 01282 472518 quoting incident number 1500 of December 24th.

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