Police confirm shocking racial attack on '˜Syrian refugee' did NOT happen in SheffieldÂ

Police are investigating a report of a "racially-aggravated assault" against a 15-year-old boy after a violent video was widely shared on social media.

Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 7:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th November 2018, 7:35 am
The bully grabs his victim on the school playing fields

The victim, with his arm in a cast, is seen to be dragged to the floor by his neck before his attacker says "I'll drown you" while forcing water from a bottle into the victim's mouth.

The video initially stated that the Syrian refugee had endured '˜months of racist bullying in a school in Sheffield', claiming that the '˜thugs already broke him arm'.

The bully grabs his victim on the school playing fields

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However, police have confirmed that the incident took place on playing fields at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield on October 25.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid called the video '˜heartbreaking to watch' before again clarifying that the incident had not taken place in Sheffield. 

He tweeted: 'This is truly heartbreaking to watch! The way he gets up and walks away tells me this isn't the first time it's happened and probably happens often.

'FYI, this is not Sheffield and is Almondsbury high school, Huddersfield.'

Barry Sheerman, MP for the town, said he had been supporting the boy and his family.

He tweeted: "Video of assault against one of my constituents absolutely shocking.

"Have been supporting the family since it was first brought to my attention.

"Understand from council that the school have taken strong action. Will be following up to ensure all available support is being given!"

The victim is reported to be a refugee from Syria and a fundraising page has received more than £20,000 in donations in four hours.

Superintendent Steve Dodds, of West Yorkshire Police Kirklees District, said: "We are investigating a report of a racially-aggravated assault of a 15-year-old boy which occurred on playing fields at Almondbury Community School at about 1pm on October 25.

"A 16-year-old boy has been interviewed by voluntary attendance in connection with the incident and we are continuing to progress the investigation."

Kirklees Council said: "Neither us nor the school condone violence in any form and behaviour like this will not be tolerated."