Asians hurt in attack

Asian teenagers violently assaulted by racist thugs in a mindless reprisal for the London bombings were not even followers of Islam.

The revelation came as Sutton police disclosed the vicious revenge assault on the five innocent Asians who were sitting in Gillian Park in Sutton Common Road on Friday, July 29. The attack left one victim with a broken jaw needing a metal plate and stitches above his eye, and another with six stitches in his lip. Two more victims were treated for cuts, bruises and swellings in hospital.

Detective Inspector Michael Smith, of the Sutton police community safety unit, said: “This was an appalling unprovoked attack, based on ignorance. We are absolutely sure this was a reprisal attack. The attackers in Sutton were accusing their victims of being responsible for the bombings in London. They thought anyone who had dark skin would be Muslim.”

Surrey Online, 9 August 2005