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Sussex police arrest two people in connection with racial attack on North Street

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On Friday, Sussex police released a statement on their page confirming that they had made two arrests in connection with a racial attack in Brighton.

Officers received a call at around 10:30 pm last Sunday following reports of an assault on Yehsung Kim who suffered facial injuries including a fractured crown after he was bottled in the face. 

Kim, who is a South Korean exchange student studying International Relations at the University of Sussex, was passing the Japanese restaurant Oki-Nami when he saw two men arguing with the staff inside. They then proceeded to chant monkey noises at him and one of them threw a bottle to the back of his head. When asked why they were targeting him, they said 'because you are fucking Asian.'

The police statement confirms that a 17-year-old boy from Burgess Hill along with a 16-year-old boy from Haywards Heath have been arrested and are being held in police custody. 

Detective Inspector Simon Morgan said: "We want to hear from anyone who saw the assault, which happened in busy North Street and also anyone who saw a group of youths acting aggressively at this location or in Churchill Square on Sunday night.

"We are aware there is a video of the incident which has been posted on Facebook and if anyone who has seen it has any information, please contact us."

The incident is being treated as a hate crime as the victim was targeted because of his ethnicity. 

Chief Inspector Chris Veale said:

"Such incidents can cause significant distress to victims and local communities and I would like to reassure those affected that we take this type of crime extremely seriously and are doing all we can to identify and arrest the suspect.”

Anyone with information should contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1481 of 15/10.

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