Two security guards have appeared in court accused of a racially aggravated assault on a Manchester University student.

Mohammad Akram, 54, and Christopher Worden, 56, both appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court this afternoon.

They are each charged with racially aggravated assault by beating and an alternative offence of assault by beating.

Mr Akram, of Bolton, and Mr Worden, of Oldham, both entered not guilty pleas to the offences.

Prosecuting, Nicola Morgan told the court that both men were security guards at the University of Manchester campus in Fallowfield on November 14 2020.

"An initiative was put in place to check student ID's as there was an issue with drug dealing from people coming from outside into the campus," she said.

"The complainant says the security guards came towards him, were aggressive with him and suspected he was a drug dealer.

"He said he showed his ID card and the security guards didn't really believe him and grabbed him by the arm, dug their fingernails into him, put hands into his pockets, pulled out his wallet and searched his waistband."

The complainant suggested the security guards 'targeted him because of his race' due to 'how he felt and the way they treated him', Miss Morgan added.

The case was adjourned for a preliminary hearing at Manchester Crown Court on June 15.

Both Mr Akram, of Plodder Lane, Farnworth, and Mr Worden, of Old Road, Failsworth, were granted unconditional bail.