POLICE fear Midland Territorial Army recruits who claim they have been racially abused while wearing their uniforms are victims of hate crimes.
The cadets say they have been verbally abused and spat at while walking to training sessions near Blues’ St Andrews stadium in Bordesley, Birmingham.
One recruit has reported that driver slowed down his car, wound down his window and shouted: “I hope you get blown up by an IED.”
Another says he was chased by a group of Asian youths who screamed insults and spat at him.
West Midlands Police said they are investigating the allegations.
More A spokesman said: "The incidents in question have been recorded as racially motivated section four public order offences.
“Officers are actively pursuing the case and following a number of lines of enquiry.”
He added that the alleged attacks are being treated as hate crimes because of the racially motivated element.
Cops are hunting the abusive motorist after a cadet noted down his registration plate details.
It is not the first time uniformed forces personnel have suffered abuse while in public.
In 2008 bosses at RAF Wittering ordered airmen not to wear their military dress when visiting the nearby town of Peterborough because they were being verbally abused by civilians.
The ban caused outrage with the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown saying he was “furious”.
It was later overturned following the public outcry.
Territorial Army bosses have refused to confirm whether they will ban Midland cadets from wearing their uniforms while walking to training sessions in Birmingham.
Last night a spokesman said: "I am not willing to discuss our security arrangements on an individual basis.
"We take the safety and security of all our personal very seriously.
"We do not demand that cadets where their uniform in public, they are civilians until they walk through the gate.
"I think it is fair to say these were isolated incidents.
“On the whole we have a very good relationship with the local population who have always shown us fantastic support.”
The allegations of abuse in Birmingham come as Territorial Army members continue sacrifice their lives fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Sapper William Blanchard is one of the latest victims of the conflict.
The 39 year-old academic was helping to clear roadside bombs left by the Taliban two months into his tour of duty with the 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment when he was gunned down by a sniper.
He held a double honours degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in biomedical pharmacology and leaves behind widow Suzanne, son Tom and daughter Lucy.
Hundreds of mourners are expected to turn out for his funeral at Portsmouth Cathedral tomorrow.
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