Sunderland University student’s jaw broken in race-hate attack

The Panns Bank student halls of accommodation.
The Panns Bank student halls of accommodation.
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A foreign student living in Sunderland has been left with a broken jaw after he and a friend were the victims of a shocking race hate attack.

Two men have been arrested after the pair, who are both from Asia and doing courses at Sunderland University, were racially abused, robbed and assaulted in the sickening incident near Panns Bank student halls, in the city’s East End last weekend.

We want all our students to enjoy their time in Sunderland, and many - particularly international students - feel they receive a very warm welcome here, which makes this incident all the more upsetting

Sunderland University spokeswoman

One of the victims suffered a broken jaw, although both men were left with facial injuries.

The student who was left with a broken jaw is believed to have only been in the country for a matter of days at the time of the attack.

The men also had a baseball cap and shopping they were carrying stolen.

Two men arrested on suspicion of robbery have since been released on bail.

A spokeswoman for Sunderland University said: “We were saddened to hear of this traumatic experience for our students, who are being well supported by our specialist staff.

“The safety of our students is paramount to us, which is why, as part of our strategic crime-reduction partnership with Northumbria Police, we have a dedicated Campus Police Officer.

“Sunderland is one of the safest university cities in the country and assaults on students are thankfully rare.

“We want all our students to enjoy their time in Sunderland, and many – particularly international students – feel they receive a very warm welcome here, which makes this incident all the more upsetting.”

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to Panns Bank in Sunderland at 8.20pm on Saturday. Two men aged 20 and 23 years old were robbed, racially abused and assaulted, and also had a baseball cap and some grocery shopping stolen before the offenders made off.

“The two men suffered facial injuries, with the man aged 20 suffering a broken jaw. Police investigating the robbery have arrested two men aged 19 and 20 in connection with the inciden,t and both have been bailed pending further inquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 extension 69191 quoting reference number 1058/12/9/15.