POLICE have released an image of a woman they want to speak to after a hate crime in Newcastle.

The incident happened in the early hours of Friday, April 6, when a woman approached a taxi driver at the taxi rank outside the Centre of Life on Westmorland Road.

A police spokesman said: "She verbally abused the driver and made a number of racist comments after she refused to allow her into his vehicle.

"Inquiries into the incident are ongoing but police are treating it as a hate crime. They have now released an image of a woman they want to trace.

"She was at the taxi rank at the time of the incident and may be able to assist the police investigation."

The woman, or anyone who recognises her, is encouraged to contact Northumbria Police 101 quoting log 40 07/04/18