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Arrests after student race crimes

Students at Highgate Academy
Students said they had been punched and verbally abused

Police investigating race crimes in a Sussex seaside town have made three arrests since April and expect to make a fourth imminently.

The figures were released after reports of race attacks in which foreign students were punched and verbally abused in Newhaven over the summer.

Police have recorded five race crimes in the Lewes district since April, compared with four last year.

Four incidents were public order offences, and one was an assault.

'Safe place'

This week, Karen Griffin, a spokeswoman for the college, said there had been a "worrying increase" in attacks in recent months.

Insp Adam Hays said Newhaven and the surrounding area suffered comparatively few racist crimes and remained a safe place for residents and visitors alike.

He added: "That said, one racist assault is still one too many. We will not tolerate such crimes and we will always afford a full investigation to a racist allegation."

He urged the students, who are attending Highgate Academy, not to suffer in silence but to contact police for advice and guidance.

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