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Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP condemn racist incident highlighted on social media

03 October 2016

Members of Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) are aware of recent activity on social media, which includes a video of young people verbally abusing an individual, who appears to be from a Romanian background.

Reacting to the video, Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP Chairman, Councillor Paul Michael said: “I am very disappointed that this incident has occurred, however, I would appeal for the public to be patient as the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) conduct their investigations into the matter.  My immediate thoughts are with the victim and having worked with many young people from the Borough, I know that the views expressed in the video are not representative of the majority”.

He continued, “I hope the young people involved learn an important lesson around the levels of hurt and negative impact that can be caused though actions such as this.  Antrim & Newtownabbey PCSP will continue to deliver projects aimed at challenging the attitudes and behaviours of young people and take every effort to avoid similar occurrences in future”.

Anyone with information on this incident or similar instances can report them to the PSNI by calling 101 or in an emergency 999.  Crimes can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.