BBC reporter forced to abandon live broadcast after being subjected to racial violence while reporting on Boris Johnson’s speech in Leicester city center.
Sima Kotecha was about to air on Sunday evening after the Prime Minister’s speech to the nation when a man started shouting insults at the film crew and their guests.
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Ms. Kotecha tweeted, “Our apologies to our guests that we had to send home without airing after myself and my team were subjected to racist and abusive behavior – a sad obstruction to the reporting of a national crisis. Yes, I am furious. “
“Apologies – but a man yelling terrible things at me has ruined everyone. I’m afraid I won’t do it in the special program. “
Responding to Mrs. Kotecha on Twitter, Leicestershire police chief Simon Cole said, “Sorry to hear that. I spoke to our control room. Has it been reported? Otherwise, please call 101 or online. “
According to the Guardian, the police then contacted Ms. Kotecha to ask her to make a statement about what had happened and whether her crew had images of the alleged attacker.
Leicester police said in a statement: “We are aware of a social media article regarding a woman who was the victim of racial violence in Leicester city center last night.
“Racist abuse will not be tolerated under any circumstances and the officers have contacted the woman to support her.
“An investigation into the incident is underway and no arrests have been made yet. “
The BBC said in a statement: “While preparing to broadcast, our journalist, his production team and his guests were victims of racist and abusive behavior. We are dismayed by what has happened and will report the incident to the police. We will not tolerate racism or the abuse of our staff. “
After a wave of supportive messages, Ms. Kotecha assured viewers that she was fine.
She wrote on Twitter, “Thank you for all the kind messages – the team and the guests are fine. Snapshot of what journalists sometimes encounter during the live broadcast. Not always easy. I wish you good luck. “
This is not the first time that Ms. Kotecha has been subjected to disgusting abuse.
In 2016, she revealed how she was labeled “p ***” as she walked down the road in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
She wrote at the time: “In total shock: I just got called p ** i in my hometown! I haven’t heard this word here since the 80s! “
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