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Two men released from custody after student racially abused in Sandby Halls

Two men, who were arrested after racially abusing a student in Nottingham Trent University halls, have now been released from police custody.

The two 18-year-old men, who were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated offences, have been released pending further enquiries.

An 18-year-old woman, who was interviewed under caution, has also been released.

This follows the men’s suspension from Nottingham Trent University after student Rufaro Chisango posted a video on Twitter Wednesday evening showing men chanting outside her room “we hate the blacks.”

Nottingham Trent 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 at NTU, and those suspected perpetrators have been suspended immediately pending a full investigation.”

Nottingham Trent Student Union said that they “welcome the arrests.”

The video was posted after accommodation providers failed to follow up the incident within a sufficient time frame after Rufaro Chisango complained to the reception.

UPP, the accommodation provider, is aware of the anger that their management failures have generated, and the Student Union will seek assurances that action has been taken to address the inadequacies of UPP’s response to the incident.

They will also be seeking assurances that UPP has adequate short-term measures in place to ensure student safety in the next few days.

Please contact the Union or NTU Support Services if you wish to seek support following this incident.

By Eve Smallman

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