German children suffer Eastbourne racist attack

An attack on a group of German children in Eastbourne is being treated as a hate crime, Sussex Police said.

The group of five students aged between 11 and 14 was attacked as they got off a bus at The Rising, Langney, at about 22:15 BST on Thursday.

The group was chased by the man who shouting racist abuse at the three boys and two girls.

He was described as a white teenager, of slim build, with short brown hair and wearing dark clothing.

One of the boys was punched in the face and ear, another slapped in the face and the third boy struck in the back.

The two girls in the group were not assaulted.

Police said they believed the attacker recognised the victims as German because the bus they got off was marked Jurgen Matthes Student Organisation.

The language school brings international students to Eastbourne to learn English.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Sussex Police.

More on This Story

From other news sites

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Sussex



Min. Night 15 °C


  • Children in Africa graphicBaby steps

    Why are more children in Africa living beyond five?

  • Olive oil and olivesFood myth

    Did 1950s Britain get its olive oil from a pharmacy?

  • Rio Ferdinand and David Moyes'Playing to win'

    Memorable quotes from sporting autobiographies BBC Sport

  • Hand washing to contain Ebola in LiberiaEbola virus

    More action is needed to tackle Ebola, say experts

  • shadow of people kissing on grassOutdoor love

    Should the police intervene when people have sex in public?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.