Teenager to be charged in connection with attack on young Syrian refugee

A 16-year-old boy will appear in court in connection with an attack on a young Syrian refugee which was filmed and shared on social media, police have said.

West Yorkshire Police said the teenager has been interviewed and reported for summons for an offence of assault.

Officers said he will appear before a youth court “in due course”.

The boy was questioned by police over the footage in which the 15-year-old victim, whose arm is in a sling, is thrown to the ground and threatened with drowning.

The video has been widely shared online, provoking outrage and prompting wellwishers to set up an online crowdfunding page for the victim which received £50,000 in donations in the space of a day.