A gang of up to eight people in Croydon attacked the seventeen-year-old after telling them he was an asylum seeker.
A gang of eight youths brutally attacked a teenage asylum seeker at a bus stop in Croydon, south London. He’s in the hospital, fighting for his life.
A brutal attack:
Late on Friday night, the boy was with two friends when he was approached by the gang, who demanded to know where he was from. The gang chased him and launched their attack when he replayed that he was seeking asylum.
The Kurdish Iranian boy was left lying on the ground unconscious. He suffered a fractured skull and blood clot on the brain and was in a critical condition, according to Scotland Yard. Meanwhile his two friends suffered minor injuries.
Witnesses pled with the attackers to stop but they ignored them, they only ran off after hearing the sound of police sirens.
Croydon’s borough commander, Ch.Supt Jeff Boothe, said the young boy had been a victim of “a frenzied attack by a large number of people”.
A wave of condemnation:
Croydon Central’s MP, Conservative minister Gavin Barwell, described the attackers as “scum”. He said: “I think most people in Croydon will be as appalled as I am that what appears to have happened is a young man who came to this country seeking sanctuary has apparently been targeted because of his ethnic background. It’s an appalling crime and I hope the people responsible are caught quickly and receive the full force of British justice.”
Adding that Croydon was a diverse community and generally had “very good relations between people of different backgrounds”.
While Diane Abbott, shadow home secretary, condemned the attack and suggested the Conservatives had failed to get to grips with so-called hate crimes. She said “With rightwing politicians across the world scapegoating migrants, refugees and others for their economic problems, we are seeing a deeply worrying rise in the politics of hate. We must make clear that there is no place for anti-foreigner myths, racism and hate in our society.”
Kris Blamires, investigating officer said: “At this early stage, it is believed that about eight suspects approached the victim as he waited at a bus stop with two friends outside the Goat public house in the Shrublands area. It is understood that the suspects asked the victim where he was from, and when they established that he was an asylum seeker, they chased him and launched a brutal attack.
“He has sustained critical head and facial injuries as a result of this attack, which included repeated blows to the head by a large group of attackers. All communities stand together against hate and we would ask anyone with any information to come forward immediately.”