Tyne & Wear

Man sentenced after racially abusing sisters

Andrew Thompson
Image caption Thompson was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months

A man who racially abused two Muslim sisters on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Ruhi Rahmani and her sister were subjected to racist and threatening comments on the train between Newcastle and Whitley Bay in November.

Andrew Thompson, 26, of Priors Terrace, Tynemouth, admitted causing racially or religiously aggravated fear of violence at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

He was jailed for 18 weeks suspended for 12 months.

Image caption Fellow passengers intervened to help Ruhi Rahmani and ordered Thompson off the train

Supt Bruce Storey, of Northumbria Police, said: "I'd like to thank the public for their help with this investigation.

"Those people on the Metro that day showed courage and a real community spirit with their actions and came to the help of someone who was the victim of a hate crime and who was being targeted because of who she is.

"This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will always look to take action against anyone who commits hate crimes."

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