RACIAL abuse directed at the owner of a Chinese takeaway has been described as 'disgusting'.

Two youths riding bikes were said to have shouted abuse at the owner of Great Wall takeaway in Barrow's Roose Road.

It is understood they tried to smash the windows of the takeaway during the incident, which happened around 9pm on Friday.

Their actions have prompted a police investigation with officers urgently appealing to the public to come forward with information.

Condemning the pair, Risedale councillor Hayley Preston said: "It's absolutely disgusting. They're a family-run takeaway that has been a huge part of the community for as long as I can remember.

"Any form of racism is condemned by the council.

"We are against all forms of racism and we hope this is an isolated incident and people can live their lives without fear of being attacked."

She said disorderly youths were not usually an issue in the area.

"They are few and far between," she said.

"As a council we need to look at how we help young people and give them things to do.

"Racism is not acceptable and neither is any anti-social behaviour."

Furness anti-discrimination group Rock Against Hate said racism in the area was strong in a small minority.

A spokesman for the group said: "Racism and xenophobia is on the rise nationally and in Furness.

"This is another vivid example of how a minority of people in the area treat people of different races.

"We at Rock Against Hate are committed to challenging racism and hate in all its forms.

"We hope the local police will investigate thoroughly and bring any offenders to justice."

Police in are investigating the incidents and have asked witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman said: "The youths wore dark clothes and had their faces covered. One bike was described as light blue.

"Anyone with information or who witnessed this should contact PC 2803 on 101."