Latest victims of racism: an Asian and a Moroccan man

The two were separately attacked in Renfrewshire town and village


9th July 2010: Racism continues. At least tow alleged racist attacks have been reported from a Renfrewshire town and village.


It has been reported that two men were assaulted in street attacks in Renfrew and Bridge of Weir.

The 36-year-old Asian victim was believed to have been walking past a gang of teenagers in Renfrew at the time of the incident. The youngsters allegedly pounced on him before kicking him and repeatedly stamping on his head.

They ran off after the victim was knocked unconscious. He was rushed to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where he is stated to be in a serious condition.

As of now, two youngsters have been charged with attempted murder on the allegations of chasing and beating the Asian man in Thomson Street, just off Porterfield Road, in Renfrew.

They appeared in Paisley Sheriff Court, where Sheriff Colin Pettigrew remanded one of them in custody, while releasing a younger boy on bail with curfew conditions.

In the other incident another gang seriously injured a Moroccan man. The 42-year-old victim’s arms and legs restrained and he was repeatedly kicked on the body.

The assault took place outside a pub after the victim bumped into one of the group on the Main Street in Bridge of Weir.

Though the victim from Kilmacolm was not hospitalized, he sustained severe bruising and grazes all over his body.

According to a witness, three women tried to intervene and help the man, but found they were helpless against the racist beating.

Police have now urged the women to come forward, as they may be able to help identify the responsible.

Expressing shock, Bridge of Weir councillor Mike Holmes said he was saddened to hear of a racist incident in Bridge of Weir as the residents are generally very welcoming and it’s very concerning to hear of such an assault."

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