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Teen faces action after making racist comments

01 Jul 2016 15:35 PM

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A teenager who made racist comments to a number of people in Gateshead will now face action.

On Wednesday night (June 29) police received a report from a member of the public who had witnessed a boy making racist comments to a number of people in Coatsworth Road.

Officers attended, identified the boy and the 16-year-old was interviewed by officers at Gateshead police station.

He admitted the offence and will now appear at a youth surgery and face punishment for what he has done.

Gateshead Inspector Mick Robson said: "No matter how old you are, or what the circumstances are, if you are found making racist comments or behaving in a racist way then you will face action. It is completely unacceptable and we will not stand for it.

"I want to thank the member of the public who rang us for challenging the boy's behaviour and then reporting the incident to us. It's thanks to them that we were quickly able to identify the offender and take action.

"I'd urge anyone who is subject to racial abuse, or anyone who sees or hears anyone behaving in a racist way, to report it to police. This type of offence is a hate crime and there is no place for it in our communities."

Hate crime can be reported to police using 101 in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency.

Further information on Hate Crime is available on the force website here -

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/advice_for_victims_of_crime/hate_crime/




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