Arrests made after racist comments
Dated: 22 Apr 2012
This is information about an arrest in the Northumbria Police force area.
A 29 year old South Shields man was arrested on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material on Saturday, April 21. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.
The arrest for assault relates to a domestic incident and is unrelated to the racial offence.
The arrest for the racial offence follows an allegation relating to the posting of racially inflammatory material on a social networking site.
Chief Inspector Michael Barton, South Tyneside Area Command, said: "Extensive enquiries are being carried out. There is no place for any sort of racial incitement or use of social networking to place inappropriate comments and we take incidents such as this extremely seriously.
"I'd like to reassure the public that a full investigation is taking place into this allegation."
Extensive enquiries have been carried out and there is no apparent threat to the general public.