British police charge five people for hate crime

 Five people Monday have been charged for a suspected hate crime against a 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian asylum seeker in south London, British police has said.The victim was ruthlessly beaten by a mob of about 20 people at a bus stop with two friends nearby a pub in Croydon on Friday night.“It is understood that the suspects asked the victim where he was form and when they established that he was an asylum-seeker, they chased him and launched a brutal attack,” police detective Gary Castle remarked.“He sustained serious head and facial injuries as a result of this attack, which included repeated blows to the head by a large group of attackers,” he said.Castle criticized violence perpetrated against “those who have come to London to seek refuge and a place of safety.”According to the police, the teenager’s condition was “serious but stable and is not believed to be life-threatening.”There was a wide condemnation of the attack and local MP Gavin Barwell has said the attackers were “scum”.London Mayor Sadiq and the Refugee Council charity have each separately condemned the hate crime, which Khan said “has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else”.The assailants were described by the Daily Mail tabloid as “SAVAGES” in a front-page caption and likened the attack to the racially-influenced murder of Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager who was framed up by a gang of native whites in 1993 in other part of south London.An increase in hate crimes was noted by the police which recorded 62,518 incidences in England and Wales 2016 compared to 52,465 the previous year, revealing an increase of 19 percent.

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