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- The teenager was outside Boots on Fargate when a woman allegedly demanded to know if she was Chinese before hitting her in the face and pulling her by the hair to the ground. A witness intervened and stopped the suspect.
- A Sheffield University staff member who was injured during the incident along with the Sheffield Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA) brought the teenager to a hospital where she received treatment for eye injuries, according to Shef News.
- “It is unbelievable that such cruel racist abuse happened at such a place and time,” the victim was quoted as saying. “I hope my experience can make more people aware of the seriousness of racial discrimination. I don’t want this kind of incident to happen again.”
- The case is reportedly being investigated as a hate crime.
- The Chinese community in Sheffield, which condemned the attack as “unacceptable,” has called for a campaign to stop racially motivated attacks in the city.
- Community leader Jerry Cheung said there have been numerous attacks targeting Asians last year, noting that they now need “people who run the city to say it won’t be tolerated.”
- According to Cheung, there are 6,000 Chinese students in the city, contributing around £200 million ($280 million) to the economy each year.
- Cheung has reached out to universities and intends to involve the council, students and police in a coordinated effort to prevent racially motivated incidents.