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Nottingham Trent students charged for RACIST chanting outside freshers bedroom


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Two Nottingham Trent students are to appear in court in May in connection to a video which contains people making racial slurs and shouting  “we hate blacks” in a university halls.

Nottinghamshire police have said Joe Tivnan, 18, from Birmingham, and Lauren Leigh, 18, from Nottingham, have been summoned to appear before Nottingham Magistrates court on May 24, to answer charges of racially or religiously aggravated harassment.

In March footage containing audible racist chanting outside the bedroom of a first year student, Rufaro Chisango, went viral. In the video people can be heard chanting, "we hate the blacks" and "sign the Brexit papers now". Chisango, who has now moved to a different student accomodation, was the only black person on her floor and says other racial slurs about cotton picking were made but these were not recorded.

It is alleged that Tivnan and Leigh are two of the voices that can be heard in the video. No further action is being taken against a second man, also an 18-year-old Trent student, who was arrested in connection with the incident.

Nottingham Trent University had suspended all three students who were arrested, pending enquires. In a statement at the time the video emerged they 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 Nottingham Trent University. Those suspected perpetrators have been suspended immediately pending a full investigation.”


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