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The video of an 80-year-old Sikh man being punched in the face and shoved to the ground by a 19-year-old British woman has triggered outrage amid fresh concerns over hate crimes.
Closed circuit television (CCTV) in the British city of Coventry in West Midlands has captured shocking footage of the woman attacking the elderly man, who can be seen making feeble attempts to defend himself.
The man's turban fell off and the attack left him with a bloodied nose and black eye, British media reports said.
The woman abused the man and spat on him before walking off following the apparently unprovoked attack near a bus station in Coventry's Trinity Street at 8.30pm on August 10.
The police arrested the woman after a video of the attack, recorded by a passer-by on a mobile phone, went viral online and was shared on Facebook.
The police are treating the attack as "serious malicious wounding", which is punishable with up to five years in prison.
The video of the attack triggered a wave of revulsion after it was circulated widely on the social media, The Coventry Telegraph reported.
Coventry Police chief Andy Nicholson was quoted by the paper as saying, "This was a despicable, violent attack on an elderly man in broad daylight. The victim is an 80-year-old man, he was left with a bloodied nose and a black eye."
Woman charged with assault of elderly Sikh man in Coventry. More: http://t.co/fF9vhN0G2F— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) August 17, 2013
Police name arrested woman
The West Midlands Police have identified the arrested woman as Coral Millerchip.
The unemployed 19-year-old is due to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on Monday, the police said in a press release on August 17.
Millerchip, from Attoxhall Road in Wyken, was arrested from an address outside of the West Midlands
Wave of outrage
@WMPolice Good, I can't believe the actions & mentality of evil people like her. I hope the gentleman concerned is recovering well.— MammaMia (@LisaMia) August 17, 2013
@WMPolice i pray she gets whats coming to her at the courts - vile individual— Gurdev Bhogal (@Bosscat1970) August 17, 2013
@WMPolice that's brilliant! She was named and shamed on the wall the video was posted. Well done people ??— Amira_Habbiba (@Confuzled_Fairy) August 17, 2013