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Police officer punched and racially abused in Nottingham

An off-duty officer was reportedly punched and subject to racial slurs in a reported racial attack.

He was reported to be walking along Mansfield Road, Sherwood, when a man passed by and began shouting insults.

The man is then alleged to have continued to use the racial slurs before punching him in the face.

The officer sustained minor injuries to his face, and the man reportedly suffered a cut to the head after stumbling and falling onto the pavement.

A 67-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident, which happened at around 6.20pm on Sunday (10 October 2021).

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PC Stuart Swaby, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Hate-based abuse and discrimination based on race is completely unacceptable and we take a zero-tolerance approach on all forms of hate crime.

“The officer thankfully wasn’t seriously injured, but the consequences of such actions can be devastating.

“A man was arrested and is being questioned in relation to this incident, and we hope this reassures the public of the swift action we will take when we receive reports of this nature.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and we would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, to get in touch on 101, quoting incident 640 of 10 October 2021.

Nottinghamshire Police is making a rallying call for people to call out hate crime in all its forms as an annual national awareness campaign takes place this week.

The force is working closely together with its partners, including Nottingham City Council, to deliver a range of activities in support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

These include educational talks and events hosted online, available county-wide, explaining what hate crime is, why it’s important to report it, how to report it and what support is available.

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