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#Brexit: Police probe N-Word abuse of BBC's Trish Adudu

RACE ATTACK: Trish Adudu

A POLICE investigation has been launched after a BBC News reporter was racially abused in the street.

Trish Adudu was walking to her car in Coventry city centre on Wednesday morning (June 28) when a man cycled past and called her the N-Word.

The BBC Coventry and Warwickshire presenter said she witnessed the same person abusing an Asian man moments earlier.

She told her listeners: "He cycled over to what looked like an Asian student and was basically saying 'Get out of here. Go back home. Haven't you heard the vote?'

"And then he cycles around, sees me looking at him in shock, because it was so loud and so angry.

"And then he says to me 'yeah, that goes for you as well'. He starts calling me the N word and told he to 'go home'."

The presenter, who has "never experienced that level of hate head on", was inundated with messages of support, following what police describe as a "sickening" attack.

"Thank you, all of you. I only hope it inspires people who are victims or witness any type of abuse. Report it to the police. Please," she wrote on Twitter. "Plus a truly heartfelt thanks for all your concern. So, so humbling."

She also praised the police for being "brilliant" and "thorough" work in the investigation.

It comes after the West Midlands force's Chief Constable Dave Thompson promised a "zero-tolerance" stance on hate crime following the EU referendum result.

Several racial attacks have been reported in the wake of the decision to leave the EU.

Insp Alastair Orencas appealed for witnesses who saw the abuse to come forward.

"There is absolutely no place for this type of sickening and deplorable behaviour on the streets of our city and we will be doing everything we can to identify the perpetrator," he said.

"I would also appeal directly to this individual - if it was you who shouted these words, do the right thing and hand yourself in."

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