Anti-Muslim backlash goes on

August 4, 2005

Written by IRR News Team

A month after the London bombings, police forces across the country are reporting rising levels of racial incidents.

  • 4 August 2005: Police in Scotland report a rise in racial incidents by nearly a third; Tayside police report the largest increase of 70 per cent. (Scotsman 4.8.05)
  • 4 August 2005: Metropolitan police announce that religious hate crimes have risen six-fold since the London bombings. The Met has recorded 269 crimes in the three weeks after the bombs compared to 40 in the same period last year. (BBC News 4.8.05)
  • 2 August 2005: A Portuguese man has his ankle broken in a racially motivated assault in Ipswich. Three men approach the man in the early hours of the morning, racially abusing him before punching and kicking him to the ground. (BBC News 3.8.05 and Suffolk Evening Star 3.8.05)
  • 1 August 2005: Police in Yorkshire report a rise in racist attacks reported between March and July; 306 incidents have been reported to police compared to 153 in the same period last year. (BBC News 1.8.05)
  • 1 August 2005: Police in Plymouth report a small increase in racist incidents following the London bombings. (BBC News 1.8.05)
  • 1 August 2005: The Mayor’s Office, the Metropolitan Police Association and the Met police set up ‘Communities Together’ phone line for BME groups, to offer advice and information following the London bombings. Call free on 0800 028 2390. (This is Local London 1.8.05)
  • 30 July 2005: An 18-year-old Iraqi has his throat slit in a suspected racist assault in Portsmouth. The young man is with a friend who escapes serious injury when a Black man attacks them. Police are treating the attack as racially motivated and a 23-year-old local man is arrested and later bailed. (BBC News 31.7.05 and BBC News 1.8.05)
  • 30 July 2005: Three Indian people, two men and a pregnant woman, are abused and spat at on a bus in Torquay by a White man who makes ‘insinuations’ about them carrying a rucksack and tells them to speak ‘English in England’. (Western Morning News 3.8.05)
  • 29 July 2005: A group of four Bangladeshi men walking along the street in Horley are racially abused by a gang of about ten men who kick and punch one man unconscious. The 39-year-old victim suffers cuts and bruises. (BBC News 2.8.05)
  • 29 July 2005: Two Asian men sitting in a car in Edinburgh are racially abused and taunted about the London bombings by a gang who kick their car and throw a hammer, smashing a window, which hits the passenger on the shoulder. The men escape further serious injury by driving away. (BBC News 2.8.05 and Edinburgh Evening News 2.8.05)
  • 29 July 2005: Wales police report a significant increase in racial incidents since the London bombings. North Wales police report the largest increase of 64 incidents from 7-28 July compared to 20 in the same period last year; Gwent police report 49 incidents compared to 30 in the same period last year; Dyfed-Powys police report 17 incidents compared to 12 in the same period last year; Wrexham police report 12 racially motivated incidents in one week. (BBC News 29.7.05 and Wrexham Mail 21.7.05)
  • 29 July 2005: Hounslow Guardian reports that three racist attacks linked to the London bombings have been reported to the police; two assaults and an incident of verbal abuse. (Hounslow Guardian 29.7.05)
  • 29 July 2005: Streatham Post reports that 20-year-old William Gregory is to appear before magistrates charged with religiously motivated GBH on 27-year-old Muhammed Haq, an Imam from Dulwich mosque. (Streatham Post 28.7.05)
  • 29 July 2005: Racists daub graffiti, swastikas and Ku Klux Klan symbols over shops and along a road in Totnes. (Western Morning News 3.8.05)
  • 26 July 2005: A family of three are rescued from a flat next to an Indian restaurant in Hucknall; the fire is the second at the restaurant in a week. There is speculation that the arson attacks are racially motivated. (Hucknall Dispatch 29.7.05)
  • 26 July 2005: The Islamic Human Rights Commission reports that a man with a baseball bat attacks a car of Muslim women wearing Islamic dress in central London. (Independent 29.7.05)
  • 23 July 2005: The Islamic Human Rights Commission reports that a gang of NF members racially abuses a Muslim woman during a march in central London. (Independent 29.7.05)
  • 24 July 2005: Police in Bletchley report that they are investigating an incident of racist abuse linked to the London bombings. (Milton Keynes Citizen 26.7.05)
  • 23 July 2005: The BNP delivers leaflets to homes near Baitul Futuh mosque, in St Helier, south London with a picture of the bombed bus in Tavistock Square with the heading ‘Islamic Terror’. (Streatham Post 28.7.05)
  • 13 July 2005: The Islamic Human Rights Commission reports that a group of men attempt to rip the hijabs off the heads of a group of Muslim girls in Newcastle. (Independent 29.7.05)
  • 12 July 2005: The Islamic Human Rights Commission reports that a burning object is left outside the home of an Asian family in Hayes, west London. (Independent 29.7.05)
  • 7 July 2005: A shopkeeper on the Fulham Road, west London, Aman Moradi, 45, is racially abused by David Parritt, a postman, who pushes her in the face before calling her a ‘f***ing Muslim’. On 4 August he is sentenced to 200 hours community service with £70 compensation and £85 costs after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault and racially aggravated criminal damage. (Independent 4.8.05)
  • 7 July 2005: A mixed race postman, working in Airdrie, is racially abused and has cans of lager thrown at him, just hours after the London bombings. A gang of thugs call him a ‘suicide postman’. (IC Lanarkshire 28.7.05)
  • 7 July 2005: The Islamic Human Rights Commission reports that the garage at the home of a Muslim woman is destroyed in a suspected arson attack. (Independent 29.7.05)
  • 7 July 2005:Paul Bennett, 42, racially abuses staff at a kebab shop in Bangor, Wales. He later pleads guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour. (Wales Daily Post 4.8.05)

Related links

IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash intensifies

IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash continues

IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash begins

Islamic Human Right Commission

Islamic Human Rights Commission on-line racist incident reporting form

Positive Action in Housing on-line racist incident reporting form

Muslim Public Affairs Committee

See also: IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash begins, IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash continues and IRR News story The anti-Muslim backlash intensifies. 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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