UK 15-year-old charged in killing of Polish man after Brexit vote

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LONDON (AP) — A 15-year-old boy in Britain has been charged with murder in the killing of a Polish man in the weeks after the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union.

Arkadiusz Jozwik died after he was attacked by teenagers in Harlow, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of London, on Aug. 27. The 40-year-old was felled by a single punch, hit his head and died in hospital two days later.

His death came amid a spike in reported attacks on eastern Europeans and other hate crimes in the wake of Britain's June 23 EU membership referendum.

Poland's ambassador to Britain, Arkady Rzegocki, said he was "shocked and deeply concerned" by the hostility toward the Polish community in the wake of the Brexit vote.

At the time, police said they were investigating the killing of 39-year-old Jozwik as a potential hate crime.

Six teenagers were arrested and later released on bail. Government prosecutor Paul Scothern said Thursday that one was being charged and would appear in court Jan. 6.

The other five will face no charges.

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