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Two students at the university of Bristol say they have
suffered a two year ordeal from online bullies.
Some people think they can pass everything off as a joke but for
somebody who has never experienced that it is difficult to understand
how it can affect people. Churches open their doors
to rough sleepers - And fog and dice for some areas at
least tomorrow. Brian settled, details at the end of the programme.
Brian settled, details at the end of the programme.
Two University of Bristol students have told us they're being subjected
to racial harassment on social media, including by another
Timi Ariyoand Tami Sotire are speaking out after a video
From the very beginning of Lee Madan's report,
there is extreme racist and offensive language -
we've decided to broadcast it to highlight what the students have
They have called me "a dirty stinking coon".
They have called me "an S-word flinging ape".
They have called me "a gorilla who has thrown
They have called me the N-word flat out.
A lot of monkey jokes, like Bobo the ape, or Bubbles the monkey,
after Michael Jackson, and just things like that.
Timi Ariyo and Tami Sotire have spent the past year being targeted
It led to this video being sent to hundreds of students on Snapchat.
So many of my friends from Bristol and friends
from home saw the video, and were like, wow, I've never
seen anything like that, I didn't know it still happened
The University of Bristol students were also sent racist comments
on the instant messaging service What'sApp, as well as
And I do think it is like the pack mentality, obviously.
They feel like if they say it in a group, they're less likely
for one person to get in trouble because they do it, like...
They all comment together or they will all say the same things
on a group chat or tweet the same thing, so it is hard to kind
One of the bullies is also a student in the University of Bristol.
They have not reported the bully into the University
because they told me they do not know how to, and say they are not
confident race issues would be taken seriously.
During freshers', so many people were like, oh, my God,
The university now need to take it on themselves to protect
all of the students of every single race, every background,
and make sure we are all treated fairly and equal.
The university says it is saddened and shocked by what has happened and
insists it takes a zero tolerance approach to racism and hate crime.
They say they cannot investigate until a complaint is made. They can
raise it in the first instance with their personal tutor. They can raise
it with the warden and their halls of residence of that is where the
incident took place, or if they felt more comfortable they can go to the
students union which has a just ask service which is designed to be
there for students to raise any issues and get guidance about how to
take it forward. Timi and Tami hope that
by speaking out now, they can help spread the message
that racism will not be tolerated. Chante Joseph the chair
of Bristol's Student Union's Council and the President of the University
of Bristol's African How have other members of the group
reacted to the abuse. A lot of people were not shocked but they
find it disgusting and it allowed us to have an open conversation about
our experiences, especially about racism, and a lot of people have
experienced quite uncomfortable situations. Art lot of people might
say, why wouldn't the students go to higher authority with the
complaints? I feel like the students want to go and complain and they
want to say something but they never know when it is important enough. We
have a culture that demonises calling out behaviour and we cloak
it as being too PC or too dramatic and saw a lot of people don't find
these things relevant enough to raise even though they are
ridiculous. They have actually said today that she fears reprisals, that
is a great fear to live under, is that the case? And even in the
interview they are saying they have lost friends because they have had
to call out behaviour they deem abusive. You already feel ostracised
as an ethnic minority and you don't want to do more to make yourself
stand out by saying something Mitch you feel uncomfortable because it
makes you feel more different. The university have said they have put
certain mechanisms in place so why has this not happened? It goes back
to this idea of culture. Even if the mechanisms are in place to report
issues, if the environment tells you that your issues are not as
important as others and that you shouldn't be wasting valuable
resources, then no one is going to see anything. We need to have a more
supportive environment which doesn't seem to exist. Do you think it will
get better or worse? I don't think it will get any better until we
unlearn this idea that it is too PC culture, it would get better until
we do that. What do you think needs to happen? We need to have open and
frank conversations about experiences that are unfiltered and
allow people to have a space space to do so they feel more comfortable
in knowing what they are experiencing is not wrong -- safe
space. Police divers have joined the search
for a missing 24-year-old who hasn't Deakon Wilkins from Worle was last
seen at a nightclub in Bristol. Today his family have been handing
out leaflets to shoppers, Police out searching today
revealed Mr Wilkins hadn't used his bank account or phone
since he disappeared. Police are investigating after
a swan was shot with a crossbow Staff at Pitville Park found
the injured bird this morning, which is now being cared
for at Vale Wildlife Hospital. A fundraising page has
been set up to help pay As the temperatures fall
below freezing tonight, charities are warning the number
of people sleeping rough For the first time some
of the city's churches are offering Andrew Plant has been out
at one of them tonight. The Mayor of Bristol lending
a hand to volunteers These 12 beds will all be occupied
by people who would otherwise In Bristol that's
more than 75 people. People like this man who says they
are ardent enough beds in night shelters with people renewed them
often taught the way. If you're 19 or 20, sometimes you lose the bed
and you stay outside all night. If you're lucky security people don't
kick you out. There are a maximum of 65 beds
available in shelters The charity St Mungo's says
they're often all taken Leaving dozens more
outside in the cold. What is different now is the local
authorities and central government have less money to help pay for
solutions so we need to think of creative and innovative ways to
approach the problem and working together and coming up with those
options is one of the ways. Bristol's Mayor started this
scheme Persuading churches around the city centre To take
turns giving 12 more rough sleepers a hot meal
And a place to sleep But he knows far more are needed
And it's the root cause of homelessness he says That he's
determined to tackle. We are focused on getting houses
built and unlocking the land with planning permission and making sure
houses go for word on that land so we're looking at the bigger
structural challenges but we also faced the immediate challenge
tonight in Bristol of people sleeping on cold streets.
This pilot will run for another 2 weeks
Then Bristol will go back to having at most 65 emergency beds
with at least double that number who need them.
That's it from us tonight with more news on the BBC website and your
local BBC radio stations. We're back with breakfast tomorrow from 6:30am
for now the forecast. Thanks very much and good evening. Feels like
the forecast is being repeated every night recently! For good reason
because a very similar day of whether continuing tonight into
tomorrow compared to that we have seen over the last 24-48 hours. The
risk of fog, generally across more eastern parts. The risk of icy
strictures on roads tomorrow, they are of sunshine and cloud and once
again we have another Met Office warning in force for the risk of
some quite dense fog forming, freezing fog and places, and also a
warning for icy strictures on roads. More the eastern parts of the region
at greater threat of any fog developing through tonight. The
temperature reflecting that as we get below freezing across many parts
of Wiltshire and early as doing likewise but equally one or two max
spots around 1-2 C only of mix and match. By tomorrow morning, any fog
will less and foreign banks of cloud which will linger as linger as well
as fog for some part of the day and towards the West, the best chance of
some early sunshine and we also have a bit of a mix of cloud and bright
spells as we continue into the afternoon, the temperature tomorrow
in a range of 5-7 for most. Beyond that into Thursday, feeling bitterly
cold compared to tomorrow with a For all of us, it'll get colder and
then milder again come the weekend. This