Bristol: two jailed over Panorama race abuse probe

Two men who racially abused two Asian reporters working undercover for a BBC Panorama programme have been jailed.

Sean Ganderton, 23, and Martin Durnell, 18, admitted racially-aggravated harassment during various incidents in Southmead, Bristol, last year. Bristol Crown Court was shown footage which revealed Ganderton verbally and physically abusing the men.

Sentencing them Judge Michael Roach said their behaviour was “cowardly and not to be tolerated”.

The programme featured the two undercover Asian reporters posing as a couple living in the Southmead area of Bristol. Tamanna Rahman and Amil Khan spent two months living on an estate to find out if racism was still an issue in 2009.

The programme was broadcast on BBC One in October 2009.

BBC News, 21 June 2010