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Police have made an arrest after five students were racially abused and one was attacked.

The female victims were waiting for a bus at Newcastle Bus Station when they spotted a man urinating in the street.

He then approached the group, spat at them and made racially abusive comments.

The incident then turned violent when he head-butted one of the Keele University students and then tried to pull off her hijab.

Now officers investigating the hate crime have...

The UK is among the biggest global purchasers of drugs on the dark web as the illicit online trade grows, new research has found.

The Global Drug Survey 2018 showed that more than a quarter of British drug users who responded, bought substances on websites where they seek to remain anonymous by disguising their location and paying with cryptocurrency.

Dealers then send drugs by post to evade checks at air and sea ports in the UK, where authorities are attempting to crack down...

A Muslim mum was knocked unconscious in front of her young children in an “utterly degrading” racist attack at McDonald’s.

Kellie Cooke, 33, mocked Hamman Hamood’s accent before hurling racist abuse and trying to pull off her headscarf – then knocking her to the floor.

The court heard one of Mrs Hamood’s terrified children later told officers: “Mummy was sleeping on the floor.”

Mum-of-three Cooke, of Lockerby Road in Fairfield, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated...

The newly appointed editor of the Daily Express offered an honest account about his own paper's culpability in spreading hate and bigotry against Muslims.

That the British media is consistently Islamophobic is a well-researched and well-identified state of affairs. However, what is less expected is when a prominent newspaper editor is willing to make clear to a Parliamentary committee that this is precisely the case and that his own newspaper is culpable in spreading the hate, bigotry...

Primark has been accused of ‘rewarding’ a racist customer accused of telling a Muslim shop assistant ‘I don’t want to be served by black people’.

Do Na Marie was at the Westfield Stratford City branch of Primark in east London with her daughter. She witnessed the alleged incident and is now encouraging people to boycott the budget clothes chain.

In a Facebook post, she says she heard the customer make the racist comment to the female member of staff. All other staff members...

Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd resigned on Sunday amid claims she misled lawmakers over whether her department held targets for removing illegal immigrants in the country.

"The prime minister has tonight accepted the resignation of the home secretary," said a spokesman for the office of premier Theresa May.

Rudd telephoned May to inform her of the decision following a week of intensifying pressure over an immigration scandal and increasing calls for her to quit.

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Two Sheffield universities are investigating four allegations of racism, including claims a black student was hit with a banana during an ice hockey game.

Tyrell Pearce, a PE student at Sheffield Hallam University, said a supporter of rival Sheffield University threw a banana at him at a match last month.

He said it was “the most racially abused I have been in my whole life”.

Three other incidents allegedly took place at Hallam library, according to Luke Renwick,...

Dance-pop musician RAYE says a London restaurant refused entry to her black friend because of his clothes - moments after letting a white pal into the venue in a similar outfit.

The 20-year-old British singer posted a video to Twitter of her attempt to enter The Ivy Chelsea Garden, which has since been shared thousands of times. The venue denies any racist intent and insists it was simply enforcing a dress code.

Speaking to The Independent, RAYE said her white friend - a woman...

The parents of terminally ill Alfie Evans have lost a legal fight to move their son to a hospital in Italy.

Tom Evans and Kate James had hoped to persuade appeal court judges that their 23-month-old son Alfie should receive life-support treatment abroad.

However, the family have lost their latest court battle, with judges Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan dismissing their appeal.

During the hearing in London, Paul Diamond, a lawyer...

Israel’s Labour Party had suspended relations with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour party, accusing him of sanctioning anti-Semitism and showing hostility towards Israeli policies.

Corbyn, who unexpectedly became party head in 2015, is a supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israel. He has repeatedly faced accusations of turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic comments in the party and among groups he supports.

“It is my responsibility to acknowledge the...

The man who created a 'Love a Muslim Day' list in response to letters promoting hateful acts hopes his idea will "bring people together".

It was sparked by reports that 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters had been sent out in several cities, calling on people to verbally and physically attack Muslims.

Four MPs from South Asian backgrounds have also received packages containing anti-Muslim letters in recent days.

The response, listing acts of kindness, has been widely shared on...

Police officers should be prevented from accessing people's personal mobile phone data without a search warrant, a privacy campaign group has said.

At least 26 police forces in England and Wales have begun using new technology to extract data from phones.

And Privacy International said there had been no public debate about the rapid rollout of this practice.

But one former chief constable said obtaining a warrant in each instance would be "just not practical".

It...

A disabled man Syed Ali went out to go to the shops and he got outside he noticed his door was black before a neighbour pointed out the graffiti. 'Kill Muslims' was written on his front door in marker pen as well as in paint.

The police were called and came to Mr Ali's home and took the details of what happened and wiped the door to remove the hateful language.

Syed Ali, who lives alone and needs an electric wheelchair to help him get around, says he is now too scared to stay...

A British army trainer accused of joining a “virulently racist” neo-Nazi group kept a terrorism manual written by the white nationalist Anders Breivik, a court heard.

Mikko Vehvilainen is accused of membership of National Action, along with private Mark Barrett and a 23-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

All three were described at the start of their trial by prosecutors as “active members” of the rightwing group, before and after it was banned in December 2016...

Letters encouraging recipients to take part in "Punish a Muslim Day" have reportedly been sent to addresses across the UK.

Inside was a message so hateful that it sent out ripples of alarm and prompted a national counterterrorism investigation.

Images of the A4 notes, which contain a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them, have been widely shared online.

They have prompted a chorus of condemnation, with campaigners and MPs describing them...