A FAMILY were allegedly racially abused on a bus in Paisley last week.

Police are hunting for a man who it is believed hurled "vile" abuse at a woman and her children.

The family, who are black, were travelling through the town on their way to Johnstone on Thursday when the incident took place, according to local cops.

The abuse continued for around 10 minutes until the man got off the bus on George Street in Paisley.

Officers are also appealing to anyone who may have been on the bus at around 7.45pm last Thursday and witnessed the incident. They are also urging the family to come forward in order to investigate it further.

The man is described as being in his twenties, of slim build and is 5'9. He has short, light brown hair and tanned skin. 

A statement from Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Police said: "Around 1845 hours on Thursday 12th August a family were on board a number 38 bus which left Paisley Town Centre travelling to Johnstone when they were allegedly subjected to racial abuse by another passenger.

"The abuse continued for a period of 10 mins before the suspect male exited the bus at George Street, Paisley.

"The male is described as white, aged in his 20s, slim build, approx. 5’9” with short light brown hair and tanned skin. The male is also believed to have been under the influence of alcohol.

"The incident was reported to police by a member of the public and we are looking to trace the family and also any witnesses that were on the bus at the time. If you were the victim or witnessed the abuse and are able to assist, please contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 3575 of 12th August."