Racial violence in October

Racial violence in October

Written by: IRR News Team

Incidents of racial violence and harassment in October.

  • 2 November 2005: Three more people are charged in connection with the murder of Anthony Walker in Huyton, Merseyside; Paul John Morson, 25, is charged with perverting the course of justice and Robert William, 31, and Tracy Ann Garner, 34, are charged with conspiracy to assist an offender. (Liverpool Post 2.11.05)
  • 31 October 2005: Police begin an investigation into pirate radio stations in Birmingham, for incitement to racial hatred, after they broadcast unfounded allegations about a rape that sparked disturbances in Birmingham. (Guardian 1.11.05)
  • 30 October 2005: Police are investigating a possible racial motive after three men and a woman armed with an axe, machete and iron bar break into a house in Portadown, Co Armagh. The inside was wrecked, windows smashed and two occupants of the house suffered injuries after being hit with the iron bar; a woman sustained head and leg injuries and a man suffered an eye wound. (BBC News 1.11.05)
  • 28 October 2005: Transport for London launches an investigation after a 23-year-old mother on a 185 bus in Denmark Hill alleges that a bus driver refused to let her disembark from the bus after racially abusing her. (Epsom Guardian 28.10.05)
  • 27 October 2005: IC Berkshire reports that a 50-year-old Black woman is racially abused after a White man traps her in her car after a parking dispute in Reading station car park; the man also tries to get in her car. (IC Berkshire 27.10.05)
  • 21 October 2005: Matthew Joseph is racially abused by a 7-or-8 strong teenage gang outside his home in Pallion, Sunderland. He suffers a broken nose after being kicked and knocked to the ground, leaving his family in fear. A 15-year-old has been arrested, questioned and bailed in connection with the incident. (Sunderland Echo 24.10.05)
  • 21 October 2005: Hexham Courant reports that shopkeepers on an estate in West Wylam, Prudhoe are too scared to report racist attacks to the police because they fear retaliation. Shops are regularly covered in racist graffiti by a group of teenagers and men terrorising the local community. (Hexham Courant 21.10.05)
  • 21 October 2005: BBC News reports that police in Manchester have set up CCTV to watch for a man who has repeatedly sprayed ‘racist and offensive’ graffiti in a stairwell of a car park at Manchester airport. The graffiti appeared between 8 September and 19 October. (BBC News 21.10.05)
  • 21 October 2005: Colne Times reports that there has been an increase in racist incidents in Colne. (Colne Times 21.10.05)
  • 20 October 2005: CCTV cameras to help deter racist attacks are presented to the Si Guru Sabha Sikh temple in Kettering, Northamptonshire after ‘a few isolated incidents after the London terrorist attacks’. (BBC News 20.10.05)
  • 17 October 2005: Michael Barton, 17, and Paul Taylor, 20, appear in court via video-link charged with the murder of Anthony Walker in Huyton, Merseyside in July. They are also charged with conspiracy to cause GBH. The trial is due to start on 14 November. (BBC News 17.10.05)
  • 17 October 2005: BBC News reports that racist graffiti including swastikas have been painted over road signs between Shrewsbury and Baschurch. (BBC News 17.10.05)
  • 16 October 2005: Mohammed Khan, 44, suffers minor injuries to his shoulder after being racially attacked and abused by a gang of three men as he returns home from a mosque in Potterrow. Mohammed was knocked to the ground and then chased to the home of a friend, who was also punched when he came to his aid. (Edinburgh Evening Mail 20.10.05)
  • 14 October 2005: A gang of 20 children and adults armed with weapons gather outside the Plymouth home of an Asian family and racially abuse them before kicking in the front door. As police arrive the gang disperses and police arrest a 15-year-old girl for public order offences. (Plymouth Evening Herald 19.10.05)
  • 14 October 2005: An Asian man is racially abused and kicked in the back by three White boys as they cycle past him in Sydenham, Leamington Spa. (IC Coventry 18.10.05)
  • 13 October 2005: BBC News reports that a mainly White gang is thought to be responsible for three racist attacks on Asian men in a Redbridge underpass. On 29 September a 35-year-old man is surrounded and punched in the face; on 4 October a 33-year-old man suffers a fractured eye socket after being attacked by a gang of up to 15 who punch him. In the latest attack two men are surrounded; one man escapes but the other is racially abused and attacked. (BBC News 13.10.05)
  • 13 October 2005: A 17-year-old girl sitting on a bus in Rotherham is racially abused and threatened by two men who knock on the window of the bus. (South Yorkshire police press release 17.10.05)
  • 12 October 2005: Ekklesia reports that the new archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been receiving hate mail since the announcement of his appointment. (Ekklesia 12.10.05)
  • 8 October 2005: An Asian taxi driver waiting outside a pub in Redditch is racially abused and punched by two White men after the taxi driver declines to drive them as he is waiting for another fare. (IC Birmingham 21.10.05)
  • 4 October 2005: A 16-year-old boy is remanded into custody after being charged with racially aggravated criminal damage and arson after religious buildings are targeted. A 17-year-old is bailed after being arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated arson and criminal damage. (BBC News 14.10.05)
  • 3 October 2005: Racist graffiti is scrawled over a car parked outside a house in Marlborough, Redditch. (IC Birmingham 13.10.05)
Other incidents
  • 23 September 2005: Abdullah Odell, 27, is accosted by two men in a shop who ask him questions about his religion. On leaving the shop, the two men are joined by another and a skinhead punches Abdullah while one of the others tries to bottle him. The men continue to punch and kick him and threaten his pregnant wife, who is waiting in their car. The attack takes place outside a Costcutter newsagent in Sutton High Street. (IC Croydon 14.10.05)
  • 19 September 2005: Mohammed Ali, 17, and his 14-year-old brother Imran are racially abused by two White boys as they walk along a street in Elswick, Newcastle. Mohammed suffers cuts and bruises after he is punched in the back of the head and face. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle 22.9.05)
  • 18 August 2005: Paul Tolley, 40, racially abuses an Asian staff member of a KFC takeaway in Northwich, claiming to be a member of the NF. On 22 September, at Vales magistrates court, he pleads guilty to using racially aggravated threats, insulting words or disorderly behaviour and is fined £50 and told to pay £150 compensation. (Northwich Chronicle 28.9.05)
  • 2 August 2005: Paul Coxford, 18, racially abuses a group of Mexican musicians at Alnwick International music festival, threatens the group with a pool cue and then chases them to their hotel. On 6 October he admits causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress and similar charges against a woman who went to the aid of the musicians. He is told he faces jail. (Newcastle Journal 6.10.05)
  • 1 August 2005: Leslie Ross racially abuses and then pushes and prods a woman of Asian appearance outside a pub. On 21 October he receives a three-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to racially aggravated assault. (Royston and Buntingford Mercury 28.10.05)
  • 8 July 2005: Paul Griffiths, 35, accuses three mixed-race men in Wrexham town centre of blowing up London. On 30 September, at Mold crown court, he admits racially aggravated harassment and is given 13 weeks in prison – suspended for two years. He is also tagged, given a curfew and ordered to pay £50 compensation to his victims. (Daily Post 1.10.05)

Related links

Full listing of racially motivated crime after the London bombings (Word file, 168 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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