Socialist Worker

Need for unity after racist attack in Leeds

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2521

The street in Leeds where the attack took place

The street in Leeds where the attack took place (Pic: Google earth)

A group of up to 20 teenagers beat up a Polish man in Leeds, West Yorkshire, last week in a suspected racially aggravated assault.

The attack took place in the Armley area of the city on Friday night. The 28 year old victim required stitches for a head injury and hospital treatment.

West Yorkshire Police are treating the attack as racially aggravated because of comments made to the victim. His friend was also assaulted.

The Polish embassy said the attack was “the most serious of over ten xenophobic incidents experienced by Poles in the north of England in recent months”.


It is not the first incident in Leeds. A Polish shopkeeper was taken to hospital in June after being abused by a man in the Bramley area.

Police said they were treating the incident as racially aggravated.

The man, who had a heart condition, collapsed. Locals left cards and flowers for him at his shop.

Other attacks have occurred in the south of England.

Arkadiusz Jozwik was killed in Harlow, Essex, in August.

Anti-racists held vigils in Harlow and elsewhere in the wake of his death.

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