Problems with the Web server today, means this story is up late.
All over the BBC news this evening, a seventeen year old German student seriously assaulted in Dane Park by our local yobs. Why, because he was German and its World Cup Week.
The poor boy reportedly spent a night in Margate hospital after being hit over the head with an iron bar and his English language teacher, interviewed on the news, says this kind of xenophobic attack is becoming increasingly common, with dozens of incidents of a similar nature over the last year that I have also catalogued on this weblog.
The police deny that they are not doing enough to prevent this kind of incident but let’s accept that it’s getting worse, doubling last year, if I remember correctly from the previous year. We have a problem and it’s going to cost our local economy money as sensible parents of foreign students choose to send their children to be educated somewhere safer. Would you send your child to study English in Margate? Possibly not and a great many of our hooded local teenagers have a standard of English which is below that of our foreign visitors anyway!
Incidentally, I note that the youth who was responsible for the violent assault on a man in Minnis Bay earlier in the year, and which left the victim in a critical condition – I’m sure you remember the story – has “walked.” Reportedly, he had “issues”, coming from a violent and abusive family background but he’s very sorry and “filled with remorse” over the incident. The fact that he and his gang were wandering Birchington, looking for another gang to fight with that evening did not appear to carry much weight with the court. The verdict: “You’re a very naughty boy and I hope you’ve learned your lesson. Don’t do it again”
Is it time that the police, the courts and our local authority woke up to the undeniable fact that we have in our midst, a serious problem of racism and street violence with a worryingly large minority of our young people in Thanet; creating an atmosphere which leads people to fear the potential for random and unprovoked assaults across the island.