Racial violence after 7 July – week 10
September 15, 2005
Written by IRR News Team
Incidents of racial violence and harrasment in this, the tenth week since the London bombings.
- 15 September 2005: Glasgow Herald reports that a Methodist church in Edinburgh has been targeted by racists because the church enjoys a ‘close relationship’ with a local mosque. Defaced Islamic literature was pushed through the letterbox and racist graffiti was also daubed at the church. (Glasgow Herald 15.9.05)
- 14 September 2005: Merseyside police say that they are still searching for another three people in connection with the murder of Black teenager Anthony Walker, who was murdered in a racist attack on 29 July 2005 in Huyton. Police believe that five people were present when Anthony was attacked, two men have already been charged with murder.(BBC News 14.9.05)
- 14 September 2005: Police figures show that racist attacks in Edinburgh doubled in the two months after the London bombings; 169 incidents were reported to police in July and August compared to 85 in May and June. (Edinburgh Evening News 14.9.05)
- 14 September 2005: BBC News reports that police patrols in Heath and Mersey areas of Runcorn have been stepped up after six homes and shops were targeted with racist graffiti. (BBC News 14.905)
- 14 September 2005: BBC News reports that Eight Hull City fans, aged between 17 and 27, have been banned indefinitely from the club after QPR fans were taunted with references to the London bombings during a recent game. Six others received ‘final warning’ letters. (BBC News 31.8.05)
- 13 September 2005: Merseyside police arrest a 29-year-old man on suspicion of causing acts likely to incite racial hatred in connection with postings on a website dedicated to Black teenager Anthony Walker who was murdered in a racist attack on 29 July 2005. (Liverpool Echo 13.9.05)
- 12 September 2005: Keith Curle, Chester City FC manager and ex-England footballer, is racially abused by a middle-aged woman as he queues for petrol in Vicar’s Cross, Cheshire. (BBC News 13.9.05)
- 11 September 2005: At the National Sikh convention in Wolverhampton, the Sikh Federation says that the UK government needs to do more to acknowledge and protect Sikhs from race hate crimes after the London bombings and the September 11 attacks. (BBC News 12.9.05)
- 10 September 2005:Innes Wood, 31, is punched and kicked by a gang of ten teenagers, who racially abuse him before hitting him over the head with a wine bottle. The victim, a Scottish man, needs four staples to close the cut on the back of his head, after he was mistaken for ‘immigrant scum’ by the gang in Edinburgh. (Edinburgh Evening News 14.9.05)
- 9 September 2005: North East Manchester Advertiser reports that a local councillor has received an anonymous letter voicing concerns that residents on a street in Miles Platting are too scared to leave their homes in their evening because of a ‘gang of yobs stirring up racial hatred’; the letter claims that problems have worsened in recent weeks and people have been racially abused, mobile phones stolen and cars set alight. Manchester city council is investigating the allegations and police have made an application for a dispersal order for the area. (North East Manchester Advertiser 9.9.05)
- 8 September 2005: A Bengali drama group perform East and west a play to encourage the reporting of racially motivated crimes in Lisson Grove, London. (Hampstead & Highgate Express 9.9.05)
- 7 September 2005: A 44-year-old Black man walking along a Stevenage street is racially abused by a ‘very drunk’ 6-foot tall White man who pushes him to the floor, drags him along the street and then head butts him; he suffers cuts and bruises. Police are investigating the ‘outrageous and unprovoked’ incident as racially motivated and also an earlier incident where the same White man was seen chasing two Black men down the street. (Stevenage Herald 14.9.05)
- 6 September 2005: Arsonists set a mosque in St Leonards on fire. Damage is caused the doorway and hallway. The attack is the latest in a series of attacks including racist graffiti and smashed windows. (Hastings Today 9.9.05)
- 25 August 2005: Shops in Deepcar, near Sheffield are daubed with racist graffiti. (Look Local 8.9.05)
- 22 August 2005: BBC News reports that a 48-year-old man has been the victim of a racially aggravated robbery in Scunthorpe. The man was abused, knocked to the ground and beaten, her suffered a cut above his eye ad four broken teeth, money was also stolen during the attack; police are searching for four men. (BBC News 22.8.05)
- 17 August 2005: Preston Today reports that racially motivated offences reported to Lancashire police have risen in the weeks after the London bombings. 183 racially aggravated crimes were reported to police in July compared to 92 in the previous month. (Preston Today 17.8.05)
- 2 August 2005: A 22-year-old Asian postman is racially abused by two White men who pull up in a car as he is delivering mail in Darwen, Lancashire. One of the men punches him twice knocking him to the ground. (This is Lancashire 11.8.05)
- 31 July 2005: Stephen Archibold, 21, shouts racist abuse at another man in police cells in Carlisle police station. On 5 September, he pleads guilty to racially aggravated intentional harassment and being drunk and disorderly. He is sentenced to 180 hours community service, is electronically tagged for three months with an 8pm-7am curfew and ordered to pay £43 costs. (Carlisle News & Star 6.9.05)
- 22 July 2005: Lincolnshire Echo reports that racist graffiti is painted on the side of a house in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. (Lincolnshire Echo 22.7.05)
- 7 July 2005: Two men, Dean Fielding and Michael Lowry, racially abuse workers in a Blackburn takeaway, accusing them of being responsible for the London bombings. Later, in July, the men pleaded guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour and were each fined £200 and £100 compensation and £35 costs. (Lancashire Evening Herald 18.7.05)
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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