Brit cops called after attacks on redheads

LONDON — British police said they were called after a string of attacks on red-haired pupils at a school in northern England.

South Yorkshire Police said Friday the force had been alerted to last week’s assaults at Wingfield Academy in the town of Rotherham, about 160 miles north of London.

It said a small number of pupils had sustained minor injuries after being attacked by fellow students. No arrests were made, but police said they had given some of the students involved a talking to, while the school said it condemned the attacks.

The issue of bullying of red-haired children periodically arises in Britain, and some commentators have attributed the phenomenon to lingering anti-Celtic prejudice.

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