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A Man Has Been Jailed After Attacking A Muslim Teen With A Packet Of Bacon

Ikram Ali, the 17-year-old who was attacked, told BuzzFeed News: "I still choose to believe there’s more good out there than bad, and that my hijab will not hinder me in my life."

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Alex Chivers, 36, from Waltham Cross, has been sentenced to 26 weeks in jail after attacking a Muslim woman with a packet of bacon.

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DC James Payne from Enfield Community Safety Unit said: "This was a truly shocking incident.

"The victim was out with her mother and getting on with her day when Chivers abused her and then set upon her with something he knew would both upset and offend her.

"We know other people were present during this attack, including an associate of Chivers who filmed the incident. Enquiries are ongoing to trace these people and if you have any information that may assist in identifying them please contact the Community Safety Unit at Enfield via 101."

Ikram Ali, a 17-year-old student from Enfield, told BuzzFeed News that she was attacked earlier this month.

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She said she was was on her way to a polling station with her mum and her sister when she felt something on her face.

Ali said: "I was unable to see and breathe for a while and at this point I couldn’t understand why. I was being suffocated. I thought I was dead. I didn’t know what hit me. It was only when the bacon peeled off my face and it fell to the ground, and the male behind me started shouting 'bacon, bacon, it’s bacon' that I started to grasp what was happening to me."

She said she turned around to see a tall white man in a motorcycle helmet pointing at her and calling her "scum".

She said the man wasn't on his own and that he left with another guy who was with him on a motorcycle.

"No one in cars stopped to help, no one across the road tried to help, no one," said Ali.

She said she didn't blame the attacker, but she blamed the media.

"They misrepresent Muslims," she said. "I’m an A-level student studying maths, biology, and chemistry, with hopes and dreams just like anyone else out there."

"Islamophobia is real, and it is out there and because of the way Muslim women choose to dress, we’re unfortunately a target. However, I still choose to believe there’s more good out there than bad, and that my hijab will not hinder me in my life."

She posted a video about the attack on her sister's Instagram, and people have been showing their support.

Guys this sister got attacked today... Wallahi the world is just getting worse please be safe out there and don't g… https://t.co/10EWKMi8fZ

The NSPCC says that there has been a spike in the number of calls they’re receiving about race and faith based bullying following recent terror attacks.

The charity said calls to Childline had almost doubled to 128 calls following the Westminster attack and after the Manchester Arena attack in May, they have held nearly 300 counselling sessions with children..

The charity says calls are coming from children as young as nine years old and that they’ve been contacted by Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Black, and Sikh children and urges children worried about bullying to call Childline on 0800 11 11, while any adult who is concerned about a child can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

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