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Teenager charged with assault after 'waterboarding' attack on Syrian refugee at British school


A 16-year-old boy is to be charged with assault over an attack on a Syrian refugee at a school in Huddersfield near to the University.

It comes after a video posted on social media went viral following an incident in Almondbury.

West Yorkshire Police said:

"Regarding the assault on a 15-year-old youth in Almondbury, which featured in a video posted on social media yesterday and has been widely reported in the media, a 16-year-old youth has been interviewed and reported for summons, for an offence of assault.

He will appear at Youth Court in due course.

Officers said the incident took place on 25 October 2018 and had been subject to a thorough investigation after it was reported to police the following day.

They said the victim and his family were receiving support from police and other agencies.

A previous unconnected incident on 7 October, in which the victim suffered a wrist injury, was also fully investigated at the time. Three youths were interviewed. There was no further police action and the matter was referred to the school.