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Two Arrested After Racial Attack

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Two Arrested After Racial Attack

Christchurch Police have arrested two people following what appears to be a racially-motivated attack on a foreign student at the weekend.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Murton of Christchurch South Police says a 25 year old male and an 18 year old female have been arrested in relation to the attack on a female Japanese student.

The incident occurred in Lincoln Road at around 11.30pm on Easter Sunday (24 April).

The arrested pair are alleged to have made racist comments to the 18 year old student as they passed her on the footpath while walking their dogs, before setting the two dogs on her, encouraging them to bite her.

"The victim managed to escape serious injury by backing into a wall, and was assisted by a passer-by who came to her aid," says Detective Senior Sergeant Murton.

"The victim was shaken and upset and was treated at hospital for superficial scratches on her back from being forced against the wall, but suffered no other injuries."

The suspects were located in the vicinity by Police after they were identified by the witness who saw the attack and intervened.

The two suspects have been remanded on bail to reappear in the Christchurch District Court on 10 May 2011. The two dogs have been seized by Police.

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