‘Racist abuse video’ trio identified

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Three boys involved in a video posted on social media appeared to show young people racially abusing a Romanian woman in Antrim have been identified..

The video involves a number of young people verbally abusing the woman before threatening to assault her with rocks. Councillor Neil Kelly (Alliance)said he was horrified when made aware of the video, which has been circulating on social media.

On Monday morning, Chief Inspector Arthur Davidson said: “At this stage we have identified the three boys involved and arrangements will be made to speak to them formally over the next few days. We are also working to identify the victim in order to ensure she is offered every support as we move forward with our investigation.”

Cllr. Kelly said: “This is not reflective of the vast majority of people in Antrim, who are welcoming and friendly to all. I have been inundated with people voicing their concern in relation to it and wishing to express their best wishes to the victim.

“I hope she is OK after this incident and does not judge everybody in this town by the disgraceful actions of a few. There can never be an excuse for racism – it has absolutely no place in our society and blatant intimidation such as this video appears to show needs to be stamped out.

“I have reported this video to the PSNI, who have confirmed they are investigating, and would urge anyone else with information to also provide it to police.”