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Tina Campbell

GMB presenter who was racially assaulted says ‘more robust penalties’ needed after attacker avoids prison

Good Morning Britain presenter Noel Phillips was subjected to an attack in September 2022 where he was robbed, racially assaulted and spat on

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TV presenter Noel Phillips has called for “tougher sentences” after a teenager who robbed, assaulted and racially abused him avoided going to prison.

Mr Phillips, who works as ITV ’s US Correspondent for Good Morning Britain, says he was repeatedly called the N-word by a 17-year-old who snatched his necklace and spat in his face during the attack in September 2022.

The juvenile, who was arrested after being chased by the engraged TV star on a busy street in London, appeared before magistrates on January 11, 2023, where the judge handed down a rehabilitation order which requires him to participate in victim awareness and restorative justice project for 15 days.

He will also be under curfew with electronic monitoring for 10 weeks but received no custodial sentence.

Phillips - who says his life was “turned upside down” by the incident - was left disappointed by the outcome and says that “more robust penalties” are needed for those who “demonise” people for the colour of their skin.

Speaking to the Mirror, he explained: “He should be held to account and be sent to prison and understand the severity of his crimes.

“You can’t go around spitting in people’s faces and calling them N****** on the basis that you couldn’t get away with their property that you tried to steal.”

Adding: “I think we need more robust and tougher penalties holding people to account that think it’s okay to demonise and to subject people to hate because it’s a colour of their skin. I think it’s unacceptable.”

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