Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Liverpool Echo and The Mirror report on another “P*** bashing” incident with news of an incident at a takeaway in Liverpool where three drunk schoolgirls racially abused and beat up staff. Hassan Ghazi, 61, had his nose broken in the assault when one of the girls struck him in the face with her boot.

The local paper reports on the attack which was carried out by three girls, aged 14 and 15, on staff working at the Paradise Pizza and Kebab shop on 5 February 2016.

The court heard the girls behaved like “wild animals” attacking victims Hassan Ghazi, Robert Kulys and Kurosh Azari.

Mr Kulys and Mr Azari were helping Mr Ghazi renovate the shop when the attack happened. The court heard the girls abused the men calling them “P***s” and telling them to “go home”.

One of the girls removed her boot and hit Mr Ghazi in the face with it, breaking his nose.

The girls picked up weapons including a screwdriver and shelf fittings and “repeatedly” hit the men with them.

Two of the victims were spat at in the face by the girls and one girl used the screwdriver to cause damage to work surfaces and other equipment.

The girls pleaded guilty to three charges of racially aggravated assault and one charge of racially aggravated criminal damage when they appeared before Liverpool Youth Court yesterday.

District Judge Wendy Lloyd who viewed CCTV of the incident said: “Bluntly, what I saw was absolutely terrifying. I took the opportunity to look at all the various camera angles in great detail, and what I saw took my breath away; I felt physically ill.”

In a victim statement read out in court, Mr Ghazi said: “They were like wild animals, I have never seen anything like it. We tried to stay calm because they were just young girls. They attacked us for about 10 minutes until we managed to get them out of the shop.

“I was really scared, shocked and upset that three girls could inflict so much injury on three grown men.”

Mr Kulys and Mr Azari, along with Mr Ghazi, expressed feeling “scared of repercussions”.

Lawyers acting for the girls told the court the defendants acknowledged their behaviour as “unacceptable” and that they had complied with the bail conditions set by the court.

Judge Lloyd set a curfew ordering the girls to remain indoors between 7pm and 7am for three months, and issued a three-year restraining order banning them from approaching the victims or the Paradise takeaway.

The court imposed the Anthony Walker course on the girls to address their “clearly racist and aggressive tendencies”.

They were also ordered to pay £250 compensation each.

The Exeter Express and Echo reports that a man charged with offences of racially aggravated threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour against a Turkish kebab shop worker was cleared after two witnesses failed to show up in court.

Craig Longstaff, 44, was charged in connection with the incident at Exmouth Kebab House on 12 July. Longstaff was alleged to have called shop worker Kemal Kilic a “n****r”.

Longstaff, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was due to stand trial at Exmouth magistrates’ court yesterday but Kemal Kilic and his brother, Mehmet Kilic, failed to attend court.

Prosecutor Shaun Tipton asked magistrates to adjourn the case so that the witnesses could be contacted but the request was denied.

Mr Longstaff was sentenced for a separate assault at a branch of the Halifax bank in Exmouth on July 1, 2016.

He pleaded guilty to pushing Russel Buer to the floor in the bank after “mistaken allegations” and was ordered to pay £200 including £50 compensation.

Exmouth magistrates’ court also gave him a conditional discharge, calling the assault an “unprovoked attack on a person who you didn’t know”.

The Times and the Lancashire Telegraph report on the trial of a businessman and his two sons who were sentenced over an altercation at a bar in Whalley, Lancashire during which an Asian doorman was verbally abused.

Vernon Charles Yerkess, 43, and his sons, Harrison Yerkess (18) and Benjamin Charles Yerkess (23) appeared before Burnley Crown Court in connection with an incident at Brady’s wine bar on February 21.

The court heard Mr Yerkess and his family had been celebrating his mother in law’s 60th birthday when they arrived at Brady’s wine bar in Whalley to continue the celebration.

Video footage from the bar played to the court showed Harrison Yerkess enter the bar first as doorman Jabber Khan inspected his ID and allowed him entry. As he passed by, Harrison racially abused Mr Khan calling him a “P*** bastard”.

Mr Khan and his colleague, Thomas Davison, went to the bar to remove Harrison from the venue. As they did so, Benjamin Yerkess protested at his brother’s removal shouting at Mr Khan and Mr Davison: “I don’t know what’s worse, you being a P*** or you defending a P***.”

The court heard Harrison Yerkess punched Mr Khan before the fight spilled out of the wine bar. Footage from outside showed Harrison Yerkess “drag Mr Khan into the road and throw him on his back and Benjamin Yerkess attempt to do the same.”

Mr Davison was “kneed in the face” as he tried to rescue Mr Khan. Harrison then aimed a punch at Mr Davison and missed. Mr Davison retaliated and threw a punch back which knocked Harrison Yerkess unconscious.

Mrs Yerkess was also injured in the incident when she was knocked to the ground.

The Lancashire Telegraph reports Mr Khan did not receive permanent injuries but was treated at Royal Blackburn Hospital. Mr Khan was “abused throughout the disorder”, according to the local paper.

The papers note Vernon Yerkess initially received a fixed penalty notice but was subject of a further police investigation after posting an account of the incident on Facebook.

An earlier report in the Burnley Express noted the defendants were charged with racially aggravated offences: Vernon Yerkess was charged with racially aggravated threatening behaviour, Benjamin and Harrison Yerkess were charged with racially aggravated assault on Mr Khan and racially aggravated threatening behaviour and threatening behaviour. But these charges were ‘left on file’ by the CPS during the trial.

At Burnley crown court, Vernon Yerkess admitted affray. Mrs Yerkess accepted a police caution for her involvement in the incident.

Vernon Yerkess was given a 12 month community sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Benjamin Yerkess was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for a year and ordered to complete 60 hours’ unpaid work.

Harrison Yerkess was sentenced to 12 weeks in a young offender institution, suspended for a year, and must complete 60 hours’ unpaid work.

The Daily Record reports on another racist assault on an Asian schoolboy after footage from an incident in Edinburgh was uploaded on Twitter with the words  “Smash a P*ki.”

The paper reports the incident involving a “feral gang” of 13 year olds took place on 13 September in the East Craigs area in the Scottish capital.

In video footage of the incident, the victim can be seen cowering on the floor as boys repeatedly punch and kick him.

The victim, who pleads to be left alone, tries to escape but is punched and hurled to the floor while the beating continues.

The incident was captured on a smartphone and appeared on the Twitter account of an individual who later removed it. The words “Smash a P*ki” appeared with the video on a social media post.

Police Scotland confirmed two boys, both aged 13, had been charged in connection with the incident stating further inquiries were ongoing.

A spokesperson for the police said: “A 13-year-old boy attended Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with minor injuries.

“Two boys, both 13, were charged in connection with this. Inquiries are ongoing in relation to a social media post connected to this incident.

“Officers remain committed to thoroughly investigating any and all reports of hate crime.”

The report comes a day after a Muslim parent posted details of a racist assault on her 13 year old son as he played football with friends in Chorlton, Greater Manchester.

The London Evening Standard reports on a suspected assault on an elderly man outside a mosque in north London.

The paper reports a man in his 70s was found injured in the street outside the UK Albanian Muslim Community and Cultural Centre on Rupert Road, in south Kilburn, at around 3.40am on Saturday 24 September.

Police and ambulances were called to the location and the man was taken to a north London hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

The police are investigating an allegation of grievous bodily harm. There is no indication at the present time whether the offence is a hate crime.

The Chingford Guardian reports on a bomb scare sparked at the St Peter and St Paul’s Church, in Chingford after a suspect package marked “only open if you are expert in the Quran” was left in the church last night.

Police were called to the north London parish after the package was found at a Zumba class which is held in the church every week.

The package, described as “medium-sized” was left with a message which read: “Please do not read unless you are an expert on the Quran. Very seriously dangerous. Please.”

The Metropolitan police were alerted to the package and attended the scene only to find it was “a bible wrapped inside a white tea towel.”

The Met police said there would be no investigation into the matter because no offence had been committed.

The parish tweeted a message this morning saying “Police called last night to investigate suspect package at church- a harmless hoax. Police- very professional. We pray for the perpetrator.”

Manchester Evening News reports on an alleged racist assault on a young Muslim boy in Chorlton, Greater Manchester last week (22 September).

Rosina Sheraz posted a message on Facebook following the incident in which her 13 year old son was repeatedly called a “P***” before being punched in the face by another boy.

The incident happened at around 7.20pm when the victim was playing football with friends at Beech Road Park in Chorlton.

Ms Sheraz told the paper, “My son was in the park with four of his friends and there was another group of boys there. They came over to my boy and asked if they could ride on his bike and he said no because he didn’t know this other boy.

“This boy got on the bike and was trying to ride off with it but my son wouldn’t let him.”

The boy then began kicking a ball at her son and when he hit another child, Ms Sheraz said the bully apologised saying “Sorry, I meant to hit the P*** boy”.

Ms Sheraz claimed the boy then said “I want to get the P*** boy” and when her son asked “what did you say?” the boy punched him in the face.

The bully is said to have boasted about the attack on Snapchat posting the message: “Kid got a fat bomb to his jaw he was sinking mate”. It is also believed the alleged assault was filmed by one of the boys on a smartphone.

Ms Sheraz said: “I’ve lived in Chorlton for 13 years and I’ve never had this. I haven’t heard that kind of language for about 30 years. It’s shocking.”

She later posted a message on Facebook to alert other parents to the incident.

The incident has been reported and a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said the matter is under investigation as a “hate assault” and robbery.

A spokesman for the force said: “We received a report of a hate related assault at 7.20pm on Thursday September 22.

“An investigation is ongoing and anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101.”

The Daily Mail reports on the conviction of former UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate, Sam Naz, 33, for racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress after she subjected a Tesco employee to a barrage of verbal abuse in a supermarket car park last year.

Ms Naz, who contested the Richmond Park and North Kensington parliamentary seat for UKIP in the 2015 general election, stood trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court over the incident which happened on March 22, 2015.

The court heard  Mr Wafta tried to intervene during an altercation between Ms Naz and another customer in the car park, coming to her aid. But Ms Naz responded by yelling a barrage of abuse at him calling him a “f***ing foreigner”, a “f***ing b***ard” and telling him to “go back to where you came from.”

Ms Naz is said to have taunted Mr Wafta asking him “What kind of f****** foreigner are you?”

Ms Naz claimed in court that Mr Wafta had been the aggressor. She told the court she had been accosted in the car park by a man who “throttled her and shoved into a parked car.” She said Mr Wafta had “helped her assailant to flee before telling her ‘you f****** deserved it’.”

The Daily Mail reports that during the trial, “jurors heard [Naz] initially told officers the allegations [against her] were part of “a Muslim IS conspiracy’” from within Walthamstow’s Asian community – claims she now insists are “not true”.”

Ms Naz was convicted of one charge of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

Sentencing her in court yesterday, Judge Oscar Del Fabbro said: “If you retain any aspirations for a political career you may want to reflect on the fact that humility will stand you in good stead.

“A person who stands in politics represents all members of society – foreigners included.”

Ms Naz was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs.

The Milton Keynes Citizen reports on an anti-racism rally to be held in Milton Keynes and organised by Stand Up to Racism, after an expectant mother lost her baby in a racist attack.
 
The incident involving a headscarf wearing Muslim female who was attacked in a supermarket car park by a man who racially abused her before kicking her to the ground, happened in Bletchley, Milton Keynes on 8 August.
 
Details of a man sought by police in connection with the incident were only released last week. Thames Valley police issued a CCTV image and the arrest of a 37 year old man happened the same day.
 
The MK Citizen refers to statements made by the victim’s husband in which he describes his wife’s pleas to her attacker not to harm her because she was with child.
 
The victim’s husband, who has not been named, said: “Our lives have been ruined. My wife does not stop crying now and she is too scared to ever go out of the house, and she is worried that when I go, I’m not going to come back.”
 
“My wife begged the man not to hurt the baby. She cried ‘Please, no, I’m pregnant’ four or five times. But he did not listen. The baby died.”
 
A relative of the couple told the paper, “They are suffering so badly. The husband, a taxi driver has been unable to work because he dare not leave his wife.”
 
The paper reports the family’s complaint to the police about the incident and the six week delay before a witness appeal in relation to the attack was released.
 
A relative of the couple told the paper “We went to see police to ask why they were not doing anything. This family were being neglected by them. The man who did this killed their baby. Justice should be done and he should be charged with murder.”
 
Thames Valley police have arrested a man in connection with the incident. The paper notes that no charges have been brought yet and the man has been bailed to return on 3 November.
 
A rally supported by MK Equality Council, MK Bangladeshi Association and Stand Up to Racism will take place on Saturday 24 September.

The Shields Gazette reported yesterday on anti-Muslim stickers which have appeared in South Shields in Tyne and Wear bearing slogans like “Rapefugees not welcome”.

The papers (see The Times (£) and Mirror) report on stickers which have been sighted on lamp-posts and bus stop shelter windows around the town. Some of the stickers “display the name Mohammad and list offensive statements underneath” while others claim “Combat 18 operates in this area”.

The stickers have the words “North West Infidels – fighting for White rights!” on the bottom. When approached for a comment by the local press, a member of the far right group said: “I’m glad they’re up and being seen.”

Northumbria Police and South Tyneside Council have been apprised of the stickers. The Gazette quotes a local resident who claimed to have seen such a sticker for the first time a month ago and notified the council about the vandalism. The resident told the local paper: “I spotted the first one last month I phoned the council to get it removed.

“The council came out and removed it but more and more are appearing. There’s quite a few in the area now. “I’ve phoned the council back up and I’ve also reported them to the police yesterday – it needs to stop.”

Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stickers have appeared in other locations around the UK in the aftermath of Brexit with “neo-Nazi, anti-Islamic, anti-Polish” stickers appearing in Edinburgh and “”kill all migrants, kill a Muslim” stickers in Warwickshire.

The Gazette further notes anti-immigrant stickers which appeared in South Shields back in March.