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'Police stood by as mob attacked Asians'

Issue No. 1744

Bradford eyewitnesses say

'Police stood by as mob attacked Asians'

EYEWITNESSES IN Bradford say that the reason 300 mainly Asian people took to the streets of Lidget Green last weekend was to stop a group of 40 white men on the rampage.

Local people were trying to defend themselves and their community from attack, after the police took two hours to respond to calls for help. A group of around 40 white men in the Coach House pub racially abused guests attending a Hindu wedding in the pub's upstairs room.

The incident then spilled outside. Local teenager Taj said, "A big group of white men came out of the pub shouting, 'Come on you Pakis'." Other locals report a group of white men racially abusing and attacking people as they left the pub, including Asian women and children.

The nearby Bilal takeaway was attacked by the same group of men, who threw bricks through the window. Despite 150 phone calls to West Yorkshire police, the police admit they did not arrive to stop the attacks for two hours. So people defended themselves and fought back.

Around 200 police in riot gear were then sent into the area after the white group had left. Local people complained of heavy handed policing.


THE POLICE have refused to treat the attacks by the white men as racially motivated.

This is a breach of the Macpherson report guidelines which say they should investigate a racial motive for a crime if people believe there is one.


Guilty allowed to flee on bus

"I WAS playing football in the street with my friends when the group of at least 40 white men came out of the pub. They chased us and chucked stones and milk bottles at us. When the police came they saw 40 men hitting people and throwing stones and milk bottles. But they didn't do anything. They held me and my friends and said, "Calm down. We'll get them later." But the police let the white men get away. They started all the trouble and the police allowed them to just get on a bus."

  • AMRAN GUL, eyewitness in Bradford

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Sat 21 Apr 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1744
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