Police arrest two girls, 14 and 15, for ‘assaulting a group of Chinese people’ wearing face masks in Southampton
- Two arrested over racially motivated ‘coronavirus rage’ attack at four people
- The incident occured on the 17th March in Vincent’s Walk, Southampton
- Anyone with information about this incident should call 101 or Crimestoppers and quote the following police reference number: 44200101024
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Two teenage girls have been arrested after allegedly assaulting a group of Chinese people in Southampton.
The pair are reported to have shouted abuse at the four people, who were wearing medical face masks, before confronting them.
The alleged incident, which occurred on March 17 in Vincent’s Walk, Southampton, is believed to have been racially aggravated and linked to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The attacks occurred in the picturesque coast town of Southampton in the south of England
Hampshire constabulary arrested the girls, aged 14 and 15 respectively, on suspicion of affray.
They remain in custody.
The victims, three men and one woman, were all aged in their early 20s and did not suffer any lasting physical injuries.
‘Any crime perpetuated through ignorance, prejudice or hate is unacceptable,’ a spokesperson for the force said.
‘We are working with our partners and the local Chinese communities and we would encourage everyone to report incidents to us either by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.’
Anyone who has information that might help the investigation into this incident should call 101 and quote 44200101024.