Racial violence after 7 July – week 13

Racial violence after 7 July – week 13

Written by: IRR News Team

Incidents of racial violence and harassment over the last two weeks

  • 4 October 2005: Police arrest three people on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder of Black teenager Anthony Walker in Huyton, Merseyside. (BBC News 4.10.05)
  • 30 September 2005: The Inquiry into the racist murder of Zahid Mubarek at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute in 2000 is told that Muslim prisoners might need extra protection from reprisal attacks from other prisoners following the London bombings. (Guardian 30.9.05)
  • 28 September 2005: 80 police officers arrest 15 people in Bexley, south east London in early morning raids in connection with a series of racist attacks. The arrests are connected to five attacks which took place in the Northumberland Heath area between 13-18 September, during which two Black teenagers were punched and kicked, another Black teenager was beaten about his head with lumps of wood and a 20-year-old beaten over the head with a monkey wrench. On 30 September, Kurt Harvey, 19, Tony Beattie, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old, are all charged with ABH offences. Another man, Stephen Karitzis, 21, is charged with possession of a pepper spray and stun gun. (BBC News 30.9.05, BBC News 1.10.05 and This is Local London 5.10.05)
  • 28 September 2005: A Hindu meeting being held in a Basingstoke hall is disrupted by racists who throw paving slabs with swastikas scrawled on them through the windows; no one is injured in the attack. (BBC News 30.9.05)
  • 28 September 2005: A fire is set inside the Jamia mosque in Braid Street, Swindon; no one is hurt and damage is limited. In another earlier incident, racist graffiti was painted on Shah Jelel Mosque and a Sikh temple in Kembrey Street, Swindon. (BBC News 29.9.05)
  • 27 September 2005: Police arrest a 27-year-old Widnes man and an 18-year-old from Runcorn on suspicion of causing racially aggravated criminal damage after a number of homes and business in the Heath and Mersey areas of Runcorn were targeted with racist graffiti. They are later bailed pending further inquiries. (BBC News 28.9.05)
  • 25 September 2005: A gang of 10 people surround a house in Chard, Somerset, shouting racist abuse and throwing missiles at the house which is occupied by a Brazilian family. (Chard & Ilminster News 28.9.05)
  • 25 September 2005: An Asian taxi driver, Imtiaz Hussain, has the windscreen of his cab smashed and is attacked after picking up four people in Nelson, Lancashire. Police later arrest a 31-year-old man on suspicion of assault. (Nelson Leader 30.9.05)
  • 25 September 2005: A 53-year-old African man has his car vandalised with spray paint. Police are treating this as racially motivated since the man has been victimised in the weeks after the London bombings, car windows have been smashed and eggs have been thrown. (Cumbria News & Star 26.9.05)
  • 24 September 2005: A 30-year-old Asian man in Sutton suffers a cut to his eye and is left shaken after a two men taunt him by asking him if is Muslim and a bomber; he is also punched by one of the men. The attackers are described as White skinheads. (IC Croydon 30.9.05 and Sutton Guardian 3.10.05)
  • 24 September 2005: Police in Farnborough stop and search children aged between 13 and 18 after racially motivated fights between White and Nepalese youth in the area. (BBC News 25.9.05)
  • 23 September 2005: 17-year-old Adeel Abbas suffers a stab wound to his leg after a gang of four White men launch an unprovoked attack in Rochdale. The gang try to make eye contact before one hits him in the face, they then all set upon Adeel, with one holding his waist and another gripping him in a headlock. Police have charged a 16-year-old in connection with the attack and two others, aged 15 and 18, have been bailed pending further inquiries. (Asian News 30.9.05 and Rochdale Observer 4.10.05
  • 23 September 2005: Portsmouth News reports that Portsmouth City Council is promising to evict people living in council housing if they are racially abusive, after a rise in the number of complaints of racist abuse. In the month after the London bombings Portsmouth police received 53 complaints compared to 32 in the same period last year. (Portsmouth News 23.9.05)
  • 19 September 2005: A 37-year-old Asian man walking near Barnes Common in South London is racially abused, attacked with sticks and branches by two White men. The victim escapes from his assailants only to be attacked again by another two White men who again hit him with sticks and branches. When he returns to his van he discovers his bag has been stolen. (Richmond & Twickenham Times 23.9.05)
  • 18 September 2005: A teenager from Laxey, Isle of Man is attacked by two men after he objects to them racially abusing his friend playing in an under-17s football match. He suffers a cut lip and bruised back. (Isle of Man Today 27.9.05)
  • 4 September 2005: A Kosovan doorman suffers gunshot wounds after refusing entry to the Elbow Room bar in Chapel Market to three White men. The men who are drunk are heard saying to the Kosovan doorman and Black colleague ‘We’re British and you’re bloody foreigners’, they return to shoot the doorman, named only as Claude, in the back and shoulders; Claude is described as being in a ‘comfortable’ condition in hospital. ( Islington Tribune 9.9.05)
  • 22 July 2005: The Islamic Centre in Stirling which has been vandalised a number of times has a window broken. (Stirling Observer 27.7.05)

Related links

Full listing of racially motivated crime after the London bombings (Word file, 152 kb)

Islamic Human Rights Commission

Islamic Human Rights Commission on-line racist incident reporting form

Positive Action in Housing on-line racist incident reporting form

Positive Action in Housing

Muslim Public Affairs Committee

The Institute of Race Relations is monitoring racist incidents. Please contact us if you have any information on attacks committed in the wake of the London bombings. Alternatively you can report racist incidents to the police or the Islamic Human Rights Commission or Positive Action in Housing. Both organisations have created an on-line reporting forms that can be filled in anonymously, see the Islamic Human Rights Commission on-line racist incident reporting form and Positive Action in Housing on-line racist incident reporting form.

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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