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Police investigating alleged racist gesture at Stadium of Light

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring West Brom's third goal against Sunderland on Saturday Credit: PA

Police are investigating reports that a racist gesture was made towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku during Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland.

Pictures appeared to show a fan making the gesture after the Belgian celebrated scoring his side's third goal in the 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police said it is "carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland versus West Brom match on Saturday."


Suspects bailed after race arrests

A 43-year-old man from North Tyneside, has been bailed pending further enquiries and searches at the North Tyneside address are now complete

But a 46-year-old man from Seaham, County Durham remains in custody at this time. Searches at the address in County Durham are now complete

So far, police have recovered a range of items from the addresses of all five of the people arrested today including computers, laptops and mobile phones.

The five were arrested under the Public Order Act, publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred.

Five held in racism raids

Five suspected far-right extremists were arrested by counter-terror detectives today after race-hate material was posted online.

They are being held after raids by the North-East Counter Terrorism Unit in North Tyneside, County Durham, Merseyside, Barnsley and London.

A spokeswoman for the unit said: "All five men have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Public Order Act, publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred."


Stan Collymore used profile positively

A spokesperson for the charity Show Racism the Red Card says Stan Collymore has used his profile positively to send a strong message about racism on twitter.

Today Joshua Cryer, 21, was sentenced to 240 hours Community Service for sending racist tweets to the former footballer.

The Newcastle University Law student sent the messages over a seven day period.

A judge at Newcastle Magistrates Court described his behaviour as foolish, immature and pathetic.

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