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Racist attack

Issue No. 1903

A WAVE of revulsion swept through Nottingham last week after a popular Rastafarian youth worker was shot and seriously injured. Fifty year old Derek Senior was the victim of a racist attack in a pub in Bulwell, north of Nottingham, last September. Derek Senior was beaten with pool cues, and a lock of hair was torn from his head as a trophy.

His five attackers were sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison. Last week Derek Senior was shot in his chest, abdomen and both legs. The leader of the Nazi BNP party, Griffin, decided to make a last minute visit to the area on Monday, determined to exploit the attacks to whip up more racial hatred.

In contrast, Senior's friends and neighbours have expressed their outrage at the attack. Pensioner Olive Simpson said, "Derek is a wonderful man. People should realise that. No one round here has a bad word to say about him. What sort of people would do this to Derek?"


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Thu 27 May 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1903
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