Man arrested on suspicion of race hate assault after incident in South Shields Asda

A man has been arrested on suspicion of racial/religiously aggravated assault after an incident in Asda.

Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 11:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 11:11 am
Asda South Shields.

Police were called to the Coronation Street store at 12pm on Saturday, April 2 after the alleged incident, understood to have involved an attack on an Asian man in the supermarket's car park.

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The Gazette understands it followed an earlier incident inside the store where a man was verbally abusing an Asian woman and her child. Another female shopper is said to have come to her aid.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of racial/religious aggravated assault after an incident at Asda in Coronation Street in South Shields at 12pm on Saturday, April 2."

A spokeswoman for Asda added: "I can confirm an incident happened in our store and we’re currently assisting the Police with their enquiries.