POLICE are investigating what they believed could be a hate crime after water balloons were thrown at two people.

A group of male youths on bicycles targeted two members of the public on Avenue Road in Malvern, verbally abused them, and threw water balloons.

A spokesperson for Malvern SNT said: "An incident occurred on Avenue Road, Malvern, between 9 and 9.30pm, on March 22.

"Police are appealing for witnesses.

"This is currently being treated as a hate crime.

"If you witnessed the incident, please could you contact the investigating officer by email at melanie.davies@westmercia.police.uk or by calling 101 (quoting reference 22/26870/24)."