Victim of racial assault says police haven’t done enough to catch attackers

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Police on the beat

The victim of a racial attack, who has barely left his home since, says Bedfordshire Police are not doing enough to catch his attackers and that his case was even ‘closed’ before he complained to Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The victim, who asked not to be named, got in touch with the Bedford Independent after we reported on the attack at the Golden Star Chinese takeaway on London Road which happened in April.

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“I’ve suffered greatly because of this assault,” he told us. “Emotionally, physically and financially.

“I’ve hardly gone out and haven’t been able to go to work since the assault. My finances have suffered and I’ve got into debt because of it.”

The victim says that on the night of the assault (18 April) he was speaking to the person behind the counter, asking him where a particular dish on the menu was.

A man then came over and said, “it’s there you black bastard” before kicking and punching him, knocking him to the floor where the assault continued.

While he reported the incident to the police he says he was surprised when they didn’t circulate a CCTV image of suspect in the media or on social media right away.

“I had to get in touch with the MP for Bedford, Mohammed Yasin’s office to complain.” he added.

“I was fed up of calling the police for an update, being told each time that someone would call me back but they never did. This happened on maybe five or six occasions.

“It was only on the last occasion that someone called me and told me it was effectively a cold case. This is what prompted me to contact my MP.”

CCTV Golden Star Chinese takeaway, London Road assault 18 April
Police have now released a CCTV image of the man they want to talk to in connection with the attack

Mr Yasin’s office directed him to the PCC’s office and he wrote a strongly worded email telling her that he was not happy with the way that his case was being dealt with.

“I then got a phone call a few days later from Sergeant Carl Perri apologising for the way I was treated and for the way they dealt with the case.”

A spokesperson for Bedfordshire Police said: “Officers conducted a number of enquiries when this incident was first reported in April, including collecting statements from those present, and viewing CCTV from the scene.

“Despite carrying out a number of enquiries at that time the investigation was filed due to insufficient evidence as officers were unable to identify a suspect.

“The investigation was reviewed and re-opened by Sergeant Carl Perri, who is the force’s lead on hate crime.

“Therefore, we have circulated a CCTV image of someone we believe may be able to assist with our enquiries.

“We’re urging anyone who has any information about this incident, or who recognises the person in the CCTV, to come forward.

“We’re committed to investigating hate crime, and would encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of hate crime to come forward.”

The spokesperson added that there wasn’t any intervention from the PCC but her office is aware.

People with information are asked to get in touch using the Bedfordshire Police online reporting centre, or by calling police on 101 quoting reference 40/22222/19.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.