Arrests over racist chants at Nottingham Trent

The incident happened in halls of residence at Nottingham Trent University. Image: Geograph

Two 18-year old men have been arrested following the emergence of a video recording racist chants outside a Nottingham Trent University student’s bedroom.

“This kind of vile behaviour will not be tolerated. Those suspected perpetrators have been suspended”

                 A spokesperson for Nottingham Trent University

On Wednesday 7 March, Rufaro Chisango, a student at the university, posted a video on twitter of people chanting racist slurs outside her bedroom door in university halls of residence on Monday night. The video is a minute long and male voices can be heard shouting “we hate the blacks” and other racial abuse while Miss Chisango was locked in her room.

In her tweet on Wednesday evening, she said: “I’m fuming, the way people in the same uni halls as me are chanting “we hate the blacks” outside my bedroom door. Words cannot describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable.”

Miss Chisango has said that she told the reception staff at her halls of residence about the incident on Tuesday. She said that they took her details and informed her it would be “dealt with”, but by Wednesday night she had heard nothing else from them.

Nottingham Trent University were also only made aware of the incident on Wednesday and have now launched an investigation, having suspended two men suspected to be involved. A spokesperson for the university said: “We are shocked and appalled to see the video of racist chanting posted yesterday evening,”

“This kind of vile behaviour will not be tolerated.  Those suspected perpetrators have been suspended immediately pending a full investigation.

“We are also working with our accommodation partner to understand why the University was only alerted to this on Wednesday evening after this was reported to them in the very early hours of Tuesday.”

Nottingham Police are also investigating the incident and have arrested two 18-year old men. On Thursday 8 March a spokesperson tweeted: “We’ve arrested two men in connection with racially aggravated public order offences following reports of a video posted at Nottingham Trent University and shared on social media. The men, aged 18, remain in police custody. Our enquiries are ongoing.”

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