Police are hunting a woman who racially abused a taxi driver before spitting in his face.
The incident happened around 3.30am on Saturday, July 2, when the driver was taking a group of people he had picked up in Newcastle back to Sunderland.
As they were passing through Boldon, a female passenger became racially abusive to the driver.
He continued driving for a short time before stopping and asking the customers to get out. The woman then spat in his face.
She is described as white, in her late 20s, and was wearing a cream coloured hoodie.
PC Janet Robinson said: "We will not tolerate racial abuse, or any other form of hate crime, and when this is reported to us we will do everything we can to make sure action is taken against those who are responsible."
Anyone who knows who the woman is, or saw the group getting out of the taxi in Boldon, should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 190 020716 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.