Man hands himself in to officers investigating racial abuse aimed at female students

Police investigating after a group of students were spat at and racially abused in Newcastle have made an arrest.

Officers say a 26-year-old man handed himself into the northern area custody facility last night (16 May) and is currently being questioned on suspicion of racially aggravated assault in connection with the incident, which took place on 5 April at Newcastle bus station. 

The four female and one male Keele University students were waiting for a bus when they spotted a man urinating in the street. It was reported that when he approached the group, he spat at them, made racially abusive comments, head-butted one of the women and attempted to remove her Hijab. 

Vulnerability Sergeant John Hughes, from Newcastle-under-Lyme local policing team, said: “This was a sickening act and one that left the victims understandably shaken. 

“In a surprising turn of events, a man handed himself over to police last night and has been arrested for hate crime offences. He is now in police custody and we are continuing with our enquiries. 

“There is no place for hate crime in our society and such vile acts will not be tolerated. We hope this latest development sends out a clear message to potential offenders. We will continue to do everything we can to protect members of our communities from this type of crime and bring offenders to justice.”

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