A MUSLIM law graduate says he sees or experiences hate crime in Brighton on a “daily basis”.

Mageed Gharib, 22, says incidents of prejudice in his home-town include his relative being called a ‘dirty Arab’ while parking a car.

The member of the police and crime commissioner’s Sussex Youth Commission said he experienced prejudice dating back to his time at school.

He said: “I witness it all the time – you see how differently people treat you.

“I remember about a year ago during Eid one of my friends was wearing his Islamic clothing, and the looks he was getting...

“And we are laughing about it, we are fine, but the point is there are going to be people who are not fine with it at all.

“A few months ago I was with a family member and we took the parking space that the other person wanted near Churchill Square and they got called a ‘dirty Arab’.”

Mr Gharib, who is of Sudanese heritage but grew up in Newhaven, believes some of the attitudes are due to international events and terrorism.

He said: “The things I used to get called in school. Anything from Bin Laden... I have been called a ‘Paki’.”

Mr Gharib is working to encourage more people to report hate crime, of all types, to police, so it can be tackled.

He helped lead a youth commission workshop about hate crime against people with disabilities last month.

Around 20 students with disabilities took part and were suggested ideas on how to tackle the problem.

He said afterwards: “I don’t want to make everything a problem, but if someone is affected by it, then it should be reported.”

He added: “As a Muslim living in Brighton I have personally witnessed and experienced hate crime on a daily basis.

“I feel that this is especially bad due to Brighton’s great diversity of religions, cultures, and sexual orientations.

“Being able to hold a workshop to address some of the issues around lack of reporting and victim support was not only of benefit to the students but also to the minority communities from which I am a part.”